MS Contin is a type of opioid narcotic licensed for relieving moderate to severe pain. This prescription medication comes in the form of an extended-release tablet, which is specifically designed to release morphine gradually over time. As a result, you can take this medication two or three times a day. Common side effects seen with MS Contin include constipation, drowsiness, and nausea.
What Is MS Contin?MS Contin® (morphine sulfate ER) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to severe pain. It should only be used when continuous, around-the-clock use of strong painkillers is necessary for an extended period of time. It is not approved for short-term or "as needed" (not around-the-clock) use.
How Does It Work?MS Contin tablets are specially designed to release morphine gradually over an extended period of time. As a result, instead of taking morphine many times a day, you can take MS Contin just two or three times a day.
Morphine is an opioid narcotic medication. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces several different effects. These effects include (but are not limited to):
- Pain relief
- Cough suppression
- Unusual, unpleasant feelings (dysphoria) or unusual, pleasant feelings (euphoria)
- Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
- Certain changes in the circulatory system
- Slowing of the digestive tract
- Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
- Physical dependence.