User Reviews for MS Contin
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Reviews for MS Contin to treat Pain
"I have had chronic, constant migraine for 40 years, complicated by Fibromyalgia which added all over body pain. After years with various short acting pain meds like Lortab and Percocet, my doctor finally tried OxyContin first (worked, but I got tolerant very quickly) and finally MS-Contin, with Percocet as my breakthrough med. My life changed immediately. I take 30mg MS 4 times per day, with up to 3 Percocet. This dosage has not changed in 15 years, and allowed me to return to work full time. I have a (relatively) normal life with occasional days that are bad. MS-Continue was not available in generic form when I started and cost a huge amount every month. Happily, it's generic now and extremely affordable. It saved my sanity."
Ladybell232 May 2, 2015
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"Took my pain from a 9 to a 2! Lasts all day and rarely have to take my break through pain medication. I have ADHD, Chronic Pain, Panic Attack Disorder. MS Contin, 180 twice a day Oxycodone IR, 30mg every four hours 6mg when required of Xanax IR Adderall, 30mg IR twice a day"
HurtsSoyoung January 8, 2014
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"I experience a slipped disc years ago and after a few injections I was still in pain so I was treated with physical therapy, tramadol, OxyContin, and finally morphine. The MS Contin was a God send! I take 2-60mg MsContins a day with 4-15mg instant release for breakthrough pain. Although I only get 8-9hrs relief from a 12 hr pill. I feel 3 times a day for MsContin would keep my levels more steady, but my doc is reluctant to increase it. Sometimes I feel a little tired but the quality of my life has improved dramatically without the high drugged feeling and mood swings of other opiates."
Bigkev (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 3, 2013
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"I was on 50mgs methadone three times a day for over two years and had pain every day and waking up in the morning was unbearable. I was prescribed MsContin 60 mgs three times a day two days ago and the first morning I woke up, I got right up, went into the kitchen to make my tea and stopped dead in my tracks. Wait a minute, my back doesn't hurt, my body doesn't hurt, I got out of bed without cussing up a storm! This is a miracle. I can't believe it. I'm also on oxycodone 15 mgs 4 times daily for breakthrough pain. My body is now ridding of all the built up toxins from methadone including once a month bowel movements. I'm much happier now."
Anonymous March 2, 2012
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"I am a self-employed landscaper who relies on my body to make an income. After taking many types of medicines for the chronic pain in my lower back MS Contin 60 mg has been by far the most effective. I have been able to work now on this medicine with very little side effect. What I like the most is only taking one pill every 12 hours. I can concentrate more on my life/work and less on the amount of pills I need in a day."
OutlawATV September 30, 2011
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"I have muscle atrophy and have been taking MS Contin for about a year now. I started taking 15mg in the morning and 15mg in the afternoon. That stopped working. So we went to 30mg in the morning and 15mg in the afternoon. That stopped working so now I just started taking 30mg twice a day and so far it's working. I have a lot of pain but we will see how long this dose works for. I think it has a lot of side effects as well. But I couldn't live without it."
Anonymous May 16, 2011
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"MS-Contin was good at relieving pain not as strong as Oxycontin which I was used to. They are different and I read in a 2007 Physicians desk reference guide that they are 45-55% or more absorbed by the human body where Oxycodone was 60-85% absorbed in the human body. Also made me more tired than Oxycodone. Secondly, though both medications made me tired it seemed like the MS Contin made me more tired and lethargic than Oxycontin."
Anonymous March 1, 2011
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"I suffered burst fractures, nerve damage, spinal cord damage, due to a bad car accident in September '09. Not only has MS Contin worked well, it's relatively inexpensive compared to other extended release medications. People talk about how great the Fentanyl patch is for chronic, severe pain. But you can't control the amount of medicine entering your system, it's unpredictable, certain brands are being recalled because of defective pouches. Plain old morphine. It's been around forever and nothing works as well. The only problem is I've grown tolerant and needed 2 increases in the past year. I guess that will happen with any medication. With my latest increase (100mg 4X daily) I've been able to cut down on the oxycodone by half!"
christineATU December 22, 2010
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"This medicine has been a God send miracle for me! I suffer from spinal stenosis, 4 herniated discs and nerve damage in both legs. I injured myself in 2007 and my chronic pain has steadily increased. I have been treated with different pain medicines over the last few years including Percocet, Hydrocodone and Morphine. The problem I had on the others was, while they helped, they would give me a numb feeling. I enjoying reading and... well... thinking! So that wasn't enjoyable for me. The MS-Contin works odd to me, I can't really explain why but I get all the pain relief with none of the high feeling that makes you about as active as a slug. This medicine can cause constipation."
Xenite April 24, 2010
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"I took MS Contin 12 mg/day for a medical condition which has since been resolved. When I ran out, I decided (against the advice of my Pharmacist) to quit cold turkey. Symptoms were worst on day 5 of withdrawal, knee pains, nausea, hot flushes, severe insomnia, malaise, and have now (day 9) gone down to just nausea and malaise. I have not, and refuse to, seek any other habit forming drugs from my doctor. "
Anonymous March 4, 2010
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"I was recently prescribed MS Contin for chronic pain from two failed shoulder surgeries and awaiting a third surgery. I had been taking Percocet for three years but it had become ineffective. This medication is really a wonderful solution. I am relatively pain-free now. It does take an hour or more for it to take effect even on an empty stomach. I have had no side effects. It is more expensive but since it so effective I don't mind that. I am a retired PA-C and understand chronic pain and pharmacology so I say thanks to drugs.com for the free access to all you need to know about your medications whether you are a practitioner or patient."
Rick3 February 14, 2010
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"I have chronic lower back and leg pain. It's been over 20 years now. After several surgeries I have decided against letting another surgeon touch me. MSCONTIN is a Godsend! I sleep all night and don't wake up feeling horrible and barely able to move. The days are better too. I don't have those 8-10 level pain days anymore. I still have pain, but it's much more controlled."
Anonymous November 11, 2009
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"I have 9 herniated discs (4 in my neck and 5 in lower back). Took Vicodin 10/660 for 2 years then Norco 10/325 for 1 year. 6 to 8 a day finally got the Ms Contin with my Norco and life is way better - can play with my daughter now."
big steve October 31, 2009
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"I have been on MSContin for about 6 months now and I use as my primary pain medicine. It has helped me more than any other pain medicine that the doctor has tried on me. As, I have already stated it is my primary pain medicine, taken every 12 hours. I also take oxycodone 30mg, 4 times a day for the break through pain."
chris_2381 October 23, 2009
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"While the first 5 years of taking MS Contin seemed to be a better life, my tolerance increased to the point that I was taking nearly a gram a day (1,000 mg). The last 2 years have been spent getting off this medication, and I can assure you it was no cake-walk. I will never use this again, but as I said, when I needed it, it beat every other pain medication I tried hands down."
It's Over June 10, 2009
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"I have been on this medicine, changing from 30 mg MS Contin twice a day and 60 MG at night, to 60 mg MS Contin 3 times a day, going on two weeks now. I am also still taking my 15 mg Oxycodone immediate release for breakthrough pain, taking that 5 times a day as well. All I can say is "Yay" for my doctor. I have my life back. I am working two job and also I am able to ride my bicycle now. If not for my pain management doctor treating my pain with these medicines, I wouldn't be able to do any of this. The 60 mg MS Contin works hand in hand with the oxycodone. I went from total 100 per cent days of severe pain and extreme knee cramps and locking up, to almost no pain days, totally pain free with this medicine. What a relief."
C3_Mysterious May 21, 2009
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"This medicine is great. I have been taking Pain Medicines for 20 years and this is the best so far. I take 3 x 60mg in the morning and 3 x 60 mg in the evening and haven't been in pain for the last 2 years."
TheStrokes May 21, 2009
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"I have suffered for many years with AS and Degenerative Disc disease. With all the NSAIDs, Methotrexate, and pain killers I developed ulcers in my esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Thankfully my Doctor decided to switch me to Morphine because it is easier on the system. Now I take 60 mg MS Contin twice a day and 4 to 6mg Dilaudid as needed for breakthrough pain. The plus is that the ulcers have all healed and although the pain is not totally gone it is very manageable. The minus is that I have had to gradually increase my dosage over the years because your body learns to tolerate it. Adjusting to a new dose can take a little while and it causes constipation (Benifiber works great)."
living on the edge May 2, 2009
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"I started taking MS Contin 60mg this week. I was taking Methadone 120 mg a day for over 5 years. I am having some trouble with the changeover, but after 3 days I am getting better. I also take Oxycodone 15mg up to 4x a day for pain. My Doctor started me on 60 mg 2 x a day, then told me to double it. Still having some trouble with the withdrawals from Methadone but I hope this will work. So far it's okay. I am being treated for chronic pain from a lamenectomy and spinal fusion without hardware (Failed Back Syndrome)."
UniquelyMe April 18, 2009
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"I am a chronic pain patient and have tried Vicodin 5/500, Norco 7.5/325, Norco 10/325, Percocet, Percodan, Darvocet, andfFinally I have found relief with 120 mg of MS CONTIN a day and Percodan for breakthrough pain (up to 4 tablets a day as needed). I am now able to work a full time job, get up before noon and resume a normal life. I am so thankful my doctor decided to try the Ms Contin. The only issue is constipation, but it is controlled with Miralax."
_Jay April 17, 2009
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"I had anterior lumbar fusion - implants, plates you name it, in November 2008. My third surgery - Post operation, I was sure something went wrong due to the agonizing 24/7 pain. I was taking combination of 12-14 Norcos or Percocets a day. Was shocked by how much pain pills I was burning through. My surgeon could find anything wrong. All in all, a humbling, frightening experience. Then I was prescribed MS-Contin and the agony is over. Now I'm planning to return to work. I'm walking again. My wife is weeping with joy instead of mourning. MS-Contin saved my life."
Back_Is_A_Saddle_Again January 26, 2009
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