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Q: what is the comparison and difference between ms contin and oxycontin

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
3/13/09 4:21am

MS Contin is morphine sulfate.  OxyContin is oxycodone.  Both are opioid medications, with morphine being a natural opiate and oxycodone being synthetic. 

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Pain Isme, Community Member
3/14/09 3:05pm

I think that MS Contin is much better than Oxycontin, in fact the best pain reliever I've ever had.  Oxycontin - which I happened to discover in a rural area of the Andes, seems like Percodan, but longer lasting.  I've always felt Percodan/Percocet are problematic for long term chronic pain.  They don't last long.  They deliver unpredictable pain relief.  Tolerance is easy to develop.  And they're too enjoyable.  I never wanted to take them as my main source of pain relief, so for years I took Vicodin-ES and occasionally, Percodan.  Then the Vicodin quit working and I developed a second and truly crippling pain problem.  So I went to a pain clinic.  I learned that Oxycontin was an excellent pain reliever, but had gotten a bad reputation because it could be melted down and injected.  MS Contin can't be melted down.  This is not something I ever considered, I must say.  The reason I mention it is that morphine is less likely to get a bad reputation and become harder to obtain.  I was a little concerned about taking Morphine, but I knew my Mother had been given Morphine shots for cramps as a teenager and considered it a lifesaver. 

 

The main thing is that the pills work perfectly, after fooling around with the dosages.  When I first started I was given the long lasting form twice a day.  That doesn't work for me as they only lasted a few hours and I was spending the rest of the day in pain.

I'm now on 60 mg. 4 times a day.  They feel like they are slow-release.  They always work; I don't notice a tolerance and they never make me feel too good, if you know what I mean.  I don't want to feel anything.  The only big problem is a no pain - big gain:  I weigh about 30 pounds more than I did when I started taking them.  I also get sleepy earlier, but I don't consider that a biggy.  Particularly when I think of all the painfree days that I have enjoyed after 30 years of chronic pain. 

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By David, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 03/12/09