I've been on Ralivia (300 mg) a day. Today my doc changed my med to MS Contin (30mg) 2 x a day?The pharmacist didn`t tell me much except that the two meds are similar. I try to stay away from taking many meds and don`t like to switch meds if it can be helped. Can anyone ease my mind and tell me if these two meds are similar in their make up and dosage??
Is Ralivia similar to MS Contin?
Added 27 Nov 2010:
I`ve been on Ralivia for chronic back pain. I had back surgery several years ago and have been quite well since. I re-injured myself in June and now have chronic pain. After 16 years of employment the company I worked for closed it`s doors (5 years ago). Besides losing a Fantastic pay, I also lost wonderful benefits. I`ve been working since, but with a third of the pay and no drug or dental benefits.
Not having the dentaal benefits or the money to pay for the visits myself, I have not been able to keep my 6 month check-ups for 5 years now. I took too good of care for my teeth if you can believe it. I brushed too hard and too many times a day and brushed off all of ,y tooth enamel. I also grind and clench very badly and with no enamel left on my teeth they have all cracked. I now have three severely infected teeth which have been causing extreme and excrutiating pain. In the last two weeks my anxiety, stress, and tooth pain, have mademy back pain worse and limited my mobility. (At least that`s why the doc said my back pain has worsened).
I went to the doc to get more antibiotics for the infected teeth. The last routine of antibiotics didn`t work. Doc changed the Ralivia to MS Contin. She said it was because the Ralivia wasn`t working well enough, and also because the Ralivia is approx. 9 times more expensive for me. I was leery about the change but put my trust in her.
I knew my pain the last two weeks has been much more than the usual I am used to. But I was happy to be on the Ralivia. I have been on several different types of pain meds off and on over the years but the Ralivia (Tramadol) has seemed to be the best. It actually WORKS! And it doesn`t leave me feeling sick, nausiated, dizzy, or spun out. I`m not liking the MS Contin very much. I don`t feel it has worked better for the pain, and it makes me feel tired, dizzy, nausiated, and just not quite ``with it``.
Thank myou for the answer. You asked why the med was changed...thus the long addition! Lol. Hoping you can add another answer based on this other information.
Was Ralivia (Tramadol) not working for you? Did you ask for a stronger medication?
Although the 2 medications are related, they have different benefits & harms. For example, MS Contin (Morphine) is a more potent pain reliever. MS Contin also carries a greater risk of certain side effects (ex: constipation, others)
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