• David David
    March 12, 2009
    what is the comparison and difference between ms contin and oxycontin
    David David
    March 12, 2009

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 13, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 13, 2009

    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 March 14, 2009
    Pain Isme
    March 14, 2009

    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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