... a little nervous about it. The drug is morphine sulfate time release and I'm pretty nervous about the idea of taking morphine. I have been taking percocet and vicadin for the past 3 1/2 years and they no longer give much relief. I never had a problem with them, but they just became ineffective. What should I expect with the morphine sulfate?
Morphine is a great pain med. Probably the most widely prescribed. I itched.. like my face and head were crawling at first.
If its a low dose I would expect you may feel bad or achy at first til its in your system good. That short acting you have been taking will come out after a few days and you will be able to tell the difference. I haven't taken it for a long time but I don't remember complaining much about it.
My experience with changing hydrocodone (took it 10 years) to Opana ER it was rough my first week.. it takes a few days to bind to your pain sensors so don't get discouraged its definitely better than what you were on.
I cannot remember how long it took to kick in but don't take more than prescribed,coming up short will cause you major problems.
Good luck and I hope it works well for you.
You may still need a few pills like oxycodone etc. for break through pain as these meds don't cover 24 hours.
Hi ludlow, & welcome to the site. To answer your question, hopefully pain relief! The time release drug seems to be more effective for many people. It will give you more control because it is time released, than the 4 to 6 hour meds like vicodin, & percocet. I will tell you tho', most people when on this drug, need to have a breakthru pain med also. There are just going to be times when the pain is greater, & a lttle boost for that extra pain is usually helped by taking your vicodin or percocets. Did you pain doctor talk to you about this, & give you a script for one or the other just in case? Sometimes it can take a few days going from one to the other too, & you may have a couple of painful days until your system gets used to the new regimine. Good luck to you, & let us know how it works.
I might also mention it sometimes take a bit to find the right dosage with the timed released drugs. So if the pain is really bad, you need to call your pain doc, & let them know how it is working. Sometimes an increase in the dose is in order too...
Hello ludlow49. I was on mophine sulfate extended release 30 mg 2 x's a day for about 1 year. It was very effective as a long term pain relief, and I had percocet for a breakthru. After a year, (I guess resistance built up), I was switched to Opana. I didn't have any withdrawal upon the switch, but after about a month a could not tolerate the Opana, (severe headaches), then was switched to Methadone, (couldn't breathe and experienced chest pain) so that was stopped immediately. I am now on Oxy for extended, with percs for brkthru, and it is working well for me. We all react differently, but while on the morphine, I can tell you it worked very well for me in managing my chronic back pain with little to no side effects. I hope it works for you. Best regards, Carly
Morphine is great for pain but it doesn't have the same effectiveness from person to person, as the morphine itself is created in the body, it's not at all like the inject-able where you have instant relief.
I question the "just became ineffective" comment, as your Dr should be aware of tolerances. Doses need to be adjusted over time and the same will be true for the MS Contin. You will probably feel tired for a while until you get used to it, that is the main difference between morphine and the others. Hope your Dr monitors your usage and makes the proper adjustments in dosage so you don't go around in circles. Hope this helps
Hey Ludlow, and welcome. sorry that I am a bit late with my answer, but I have been on MSContin, or morphine sulfate for several years. It works great. How are YOU doing now that you have started? Is your doctor giving you anything for breakthrough pain? Is the new medicine helping with your pain? Please let us know. We do care.
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