Both these meds are for moderate to severe pain and both come in extended or regular forms. As far as comparing them, it depends on the number of mgs you are speaking of.
How much oxy and how much morophine sulfate? Your doctor can do the comparison for you the most safe way.
According to my doctor, Oxy is not as strong as morphine. Oxy is a three a day medication, and morphine is a 12 hour med. I had to go off of Oxy, and onto morphine sulfate er because of the new oxy formula. It did not work, and it did not agree with me at all. The doctor actually put me on morphine three times a day instead of two, and told me that it was much stronger. Although I did not have to adjust to the change, I am finding even with the stronger dose of morphine that my pain is NOT controlled as well as oxy. So it really depends on your body, and your systems. Some get no relief from oxy, and swear by morphine. Others swear by dilauded, which does NOTHING at all for my pain. It is a matter of what works for YOU which is better, not stronger.
Hi Helumbi, the first 2 answers are right. It depends on the mg's and if you get the reformulated oxycontin. MS Contin, depending on the strength, can control pain quite well for up to 6 hours, sometimes longer. A breakthrough pain med is usually prescribed along with it. If the pain you have is acute, you may not need these types of meds. A shorter acting one like norco may be better. But for chronic pain, MS Contin can work well depending on if the mg is strong enough.
I was wondering the same thing. Does MS Contin work better than OxyContin? I hear of many more problems with addiction with OxyContin, but in reality, those of us suffering with chronic pain & are on long term opiate treatment, we are addicted in the sense that we could not just "stop" taking these meds without suffering withdrawal symptoms, which I would never want any human being to deal with. I am on MS Contin 30 mg every 12 hours, plus Percocet 10/325 every 8 hours & methadone 170 mg daily, which I really want to get away from...
According to a converter this dose you describe is about right. 140mg of morphine compares to about 70mg OxyContin with a 25% reduction for cross tolerance (which most Drs will use) according to a converter chart I use (link below). As others have mentioned though, the new formulation of OxyContin isnt worth squat! It just plain does not work nearly as well.
When taken Orally oxycontin is about 1.5-2x stronger than morphine.I.V wise morphine is stronger and a more potent analgesic.oxy's bioavailability is between 76 and 86% roughly whereas morphine's is like 33%.so if in tablet form 20mg of oxy is worth about 50-60mg of morphine.morphine reacts to the u opioid receptors more than k opioid receptors(which is what oxy does) so tends to produce more broader spectrum of side effects like drowsiness, slowed breathing and euphoria at equianalgesic doses.thats why a lot of people prefer oxycontin as it can be less drowsy or foggy effect, and why the dosage when switched from oxy to morphine will probably be on the lower side of 40 to start with, but everybody is different...
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