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I have sister that should use Morphine. Then her doctor changed his mind, telling her she will change drug. Name of the new medicine is MS Contin, which we hear for it for the first time. I would like to know difference between two of them. Why he didn’t recommend her Morphine, but MS Contin?

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MS Contin is a controlled-release tablet containing morphine. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. One of differences between Morphine and MS Contin is that morphine is given every 4 hours and Contin usually every 12 hours. This drug is intended for people who need a morphine pain-killer for more than just a few days. Almost the same as each narcotic, Contin is potentially addictive. If you take it for some time and then stop abruptly, you could experience withdrawal symptoms. This is the reason for not changing dosages without consulting with a doctor. When using a tablet of MS Contin each 12 hours, it should be swallowed whole. Otherwise, dangerously large amount of morphine could enter to bloodstream all at once. If the breathing is abnormally slow, MS Contine shouldn’t be used unless there is resuscitation equipment nearby.
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