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User Reviews for Morphine to treat Chronic Pain

Also known as: MS Contin, Morphine Sulfate ER, Duramorph, Kadian, Morphine Sulfate IR, Doloral, Astramorph PF Morphine Sulfate SR Infumorph Mitigo Duramorph PF Doloral Sirop M O S …show all brand names

Morphine has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 154 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 58% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 16% reported a negative effect.

Morphine Rating Summary

7.2/10 average rating

154 ratings from 171 user reviews.

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Reviews for Morphine

Goshosuki407 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 27, 2019

MS Contin (morphine): “Am 50 yrs old in the last 10 years I've had 8 surgeries. I had venus stasis disease on both legs 2 years in total hospitalized and rehab for movement was in a wheelchair for 1 year after was so bad last surgery doctor team told my wife at the time that I have an 80% chance of never walking again. I made it through on oxycodone 90mg IR every 6hrs around the clock, it basically got me into trouble. Long story short I quit the oxy went to pain patch fentanyl..umm that doctor stopped it and took me off no warning. So found my old doctor he put me on the 30mg MS contin I take 1 every 10 hrs ..I know some on here say it doesn't work but I would not be able to do anything without it. It has made what life I do have more worth living ..I thank God for my doctor and God for letting be able to walk again!!”

10 / 10
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Mike · Taken for 10 years or more July 18, 2020

MS Contin (morphine): “I am 61 and I have had six back operations and the fourth worked until I got broadsided on my way home and the seat belts ripped my fusion apart. Two 16 hour operations failed chronic pain was really bad to the point of going insane with the pain. I started with my pain doctor in 1996 and did everything he asked of me and the oral medication allowed me to be kinda human and yes I take 100mgs 60mgs mscontin every 8 hours and 4 15mgs msir and I can be almost a human being. This medication saved my life including my fantastic pain doctor who listens to me and I am very grateful for him and his staff and I would never abuse my meds and each month I bring them to my appt so they can count them strange yes but if you don't abuse them then there is no problem”

9 / 10
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Bob · Taken for less than 1 month September 30, 2019

Morphine Sulfate ER (morphine): “Due to the Opioid problem the VA switched me to Morphine SO4 15 mg three times a day for chronic spinal pain. It was effective for about 5 days. After that, it seems like every pill has a different release pattern. Sometimes I get no relief at all. Why is there so much problem with the release portion and why does somebody not fix it. This is the 21st century. If the VA wants people off Oxycodone, there needs to be a working alternative available so pain sufferers get pain relief.”

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trippball · Taken for 10 years or more January 27, 2020

“To the nurse saying that DEA doesn't allow doctors to prescribe more than 90 mgs a day of any pain medication "you are wrong!" Sorry! Dr's can prescribe as much pain meds as they see fit. Unfortunately like many doctors, nurses, etc., out there, they didn't read, or understand, the bulletin that the DEA sent them. Their recommendation were "not more than 90 mgs per day" except for those with severe chronic pain, not just cancer patients (which by the way almost any cancer out there DOESN'T cause pain, it's a false claim! Only a couple types of cancer actually cause pain). Believe me... When my doctor tried to lower my dose, I went straight to the DEA! Oral Morphine does not cause euphoria, it works great on pain but will not get you high at any dose you take.”

9 / 10
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JJ June 28, 2020

Morphine Sulfate ER (morphine): “I started working construction for my family's company when I was 12, just in the summer and by 18 full time. I wrecked my back by the time I was 30, had my first fusion before I was 35. Now I still suffer chronic pain, severe degenerative disc disease, and I've developed arthritis in my shoulders. My first pain doctor was horrible, at one point I was taking so much MSContin a day, I was a zombie! Once I got away from him, spent six months working my way off MSContin, I toughed it out for almost two years. When I couldn't take it anymore and was on the verge of suicide from the pain, I went and found a good pain doctor. Over two years I slowly went back on MsCon, now I take 45mg three times a day. He saved my life and gave me back some quality of life, more than I ever thought I would have. I've been at the same dose for the past ten years. I've seen both the good and the bad of this med and have no reservations about taking it, my life would suck without it!!”

10 / 10
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Redsouthgirl · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 29, 2013

MS Contin (morphine): “I have rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, foraminal stenosis, bulging discs, nerve damage in both hands, both knees "going out" and bursitis in both hips and I'm only 28 years old. I have been on Lortabs 10/500 and Oxycodone 20mg for years, but they never lasted long enough for my chronic pain. So my doctor tried me on MS Contin 100mg 2 x daily and then Lortab 10/325 for breakthrough pain. WOW, what a difference that was, my pain was more under controlled and I was getting more sleep and was able to do some of the things I used to enjoy.”

10 / 10
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DMHumes · Taken for 10 years or more October 31, 2019

Morphine Sulfate IR (morphine): “As an RN, I was exposed to massive radiation during Heart Caths, from the Fluoro-tube, as my left side of face was close to the tube during caths. I had reconstructive surgery cuz the radiation destroyed the bones that held my teeth, the left sinus floor, then traveled to my left rib cage, 12 rib fractures from picking up a glass of tea or coughing. I also have fractured L4, L5, S1 from a 5 roll over car accident. I've tried Demerol/Phenergan, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Percocet, Darvocet, Oromorph. ALL pain meds work differently on different Neuro-pathways. The ONLY med that has ever worked for me, Morphine IR 15mg, 4x day. I took a morphine vacation for one month, then back on Morphine. I can function, work, be productive without being doped up. Extended Release morphine has never worked for bone/nerve pain. Doctors are now regulated by DEA, and cannot prescribe more than 90mg/day of any narcotic. Only end stage cancer patients can get more.”

8 / 10
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Just me · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 28, 2019

MS Contin (morphine): “I'm 25 years old and have a very long story of how I ended up injured but I have tried everything from you over the counter medications to now the extended release morphine and for the fist time in my life since I was hurt I feel like my self again the only time there is pain is if I had slept in too long or the hour leading up to my next dose. Over all I went from 24 hour round the clock feeling like a bug that was just squished, to only ever having to deal with maybe 3-5 hours of pain a day and it never gets to the point where I'm shaking and crying scared thinking of living that way for the rest of my life. It has helped me be a part of my family again and pulled me out of a deep, deep depression thinking I was just done and useless. I couldn't encourage you more if you know your severely in pain to take about it with your pain specialist.”

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Anon718 · Taken for less than 1 month January 14, 2014

MS Contin (morphine): “I suffer from severe pelvic and abdominal adhesions and severe pelvic pain as a result. It was from a combination of several surgeries, GI issues, endometriosis, bleeding ovarian cysts etc. I am going to be 30 this year and the condition has robbed me of most of my twenties. For years I have tried Percocet, Dilaudid, Lortab, oxycodone, dihydrocodeine, injections in my nerves, Lyrica, topimarate. They only work for a short time and then I have to pretty much live my life around my pain medicine schedule. Then after my last 2 surgeries, the pain got better and was slightly okay with Lortab but not good enough. I started MS Contin 15mg twice a day last week and I have been virtually pain free. I even forget to take the second dose sometimes.”

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wounded horse · Taken for less than 1 month August 26, 2013

MS Contin (morphine): “My fabulous pain management Dr. Just put me on 30mg twice a day I have been taking this dose for a week now, I'm also taking Norco-10/325 up to eight a day and Soma 350mg. I have been taking these medicines for several years now. I have relief from taking the Norco and Soma but it just didn't seem to last as long, would wake up in the middle of the night hurting real bad, but seems like since the Dr has put me on this MS-Contin 30mg twice daily has really helped with constant relief, God bless my Dr. No side effects so far.”

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No help -Failed back surgeries · Taken for 10 years or more February 15, 2016

MS Contin (morphine): “I find it nearly impossible to see how MS contin 30 is equivalent to 20mg of oxycodone. In comparison, they are night and day different. The MScontin hardly does a thing at all! The oxycodone helped much, much more. Two of my back doctors took me off it because others abuse it. Seems the doctor's care more about junkies that chronic pain patients.”

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Dskay211 · Taken for 10 years or more May 3, 2018

MS Contin (morphine): “I can’t get through the day without it. While I used to take 200mg/day I’ve been cut back to the 90mg/day & find that while not loving it I can still manage. MSContin (& my breakthrough med which is also morphine based) is the only med that allows me to function & remain clear headed. I do experience some bowel motion problems so I take generic stool softener every day with meals & takes care of that. I’d recommend this to anyone with severe & constant, chronic pain.”

10 / 10
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Inga February 9, 2019

MorphaBond ER (morphine): “Garbage. No pain relief! Should never have been approved, The study they did was they gave it to 25 junkies and asked them if they would abuse it, why should I care, what about people suffering in pain? Did they test it to see if stopped pain? It doesn't release the medication! Why not cover pills in stainless steel, then there is zero chance of efficacy, isn't that the goal? If there is micro-plastic in everyone's bodies and the environment, what is the cumulative effect of the ingredients in this garbage? Who wants a build up in their gut of some toxic plastic rubber covering? But more than that, for the dying, the person in serious pain, it doesn't release the medication, period. I know this was approved so the FDA could appear to be 'doing something' about ILLEGAL drugs, follow that logic, all this will do is harm people in agony. While costing a fortune. Dangerous to give to people in serious pain, if suicides occur on it, because it doesn't work, don't be surprised.”

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RisingPhx · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 30, 2016

“I have had chronic back/abdominal pain for over 8 years. And I go to pain management. The morphine XR has given me back my life again. But the morphine definitely helps with my moderate pain. Unfortunately, now with the possible overdose death of Prince, the government will again tighten up restrictions on legally obtaining pain meds. I'm in NY, and we have some of the strictest controlled substance laws in the country. These were put in place after several high-profile celebrities who obtained these meds illegally, overdosed. It's not fair that the public has to pay the price for the rich and famous' mistakes. Celebrities will always find a way to "get around the laws", while the rest of us pay the price.”

7 / 10
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RD · Taken for 10 years or more October 20, 2020

MS Contin (morphine): “I was on a lot of pain medications but found myself on three 60mg Morphines and four 15 mg Oxycodone up until my doctor of 10 years moved when I was forced tapered down to 90mgs a day of Morphine. I was booted out of my pain place and tracked down my former doc, and he force tapered me down to 45mgs a day of Morphine no breakthrough medicines. In the midwest, we are being forced down to 45mgs a day or 45MME.”

8 / 10
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Ekkostar · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 8, 2016

MS Contin (morphine): “I have been a long term sufferer of chronic pain from Fibromyalgia, DDD, Scoliosis, Sciatica, Arthritis, Migraines and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 1992.,. After starting out with the over the counter meds, then moving to prescription Motrin, Day trip, Rendering, and numerous anti depressants, my doctor began prescribing Vicodin 5/500. At first they worked, but after 3months, nothing! So I went back to my doctor and told him. He then proceeded to put me on 7.5/750, again they worked for me no longer after 3 months. To make a long story short, I am now and have been on MS Contin, 60mg x two times a day and 100mg at bedtime. For my break-thru pain I am on Oxycodone 30mg x two. I'm here to say that I have a life once again!”

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CARI · Taken for 10 years or more July 11, 2021

Morphine Sulfate ER (morphine): “I am 55 & have been on this long acting medication for decades. It keeps my overall pain on the level but doesn't seem to conquer the severe bone pain. I have other med for breakthrough pain. I have had RSD for almost 30 years now , had Endo as well as Fibro, DDD, Spinal Stenosis, Post-Lyme Arthritis and Adhesive Arachnoiditis from the 14 years of constant Epidural Injections. One of which went very badly in 2007. Morphine ER saved my life. When the Drs. decided to force taper me off both of my Rx Opioids in 2018, due to the totally misread 2016 CDC Guidelines, I simply wanted for my journey to end. The pain was worse than I could ever explain & I would only get 1 to 2 hrs. of sleep. I finally found a Doctor in January 2020 and while, due to the overall stricter prescribing standards, my Dr. could only prescribe a little bit each month until I finally got up to my dose of 60mg, 3 x daily. This medicine is a Godsend for my quality of living.”

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96chanz · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 1, 2018

Morphine Sulfate ER (morphine): “As a 21 Year old who has been dealing w/ Chronic Pain since the age of 11. I've been on almost every opiate (Fentanyl, Oxymorphone, Codeine, Methadone, etc) I've found Morphine 30mg every 8 hrs for to be by far the MOST effective out of all opiates. I am rx'd Roxicodone 30mgs 3 times a day for breakthrough pain but I rarely take it as I find it only gives me a 'buzz' & lasts 1-2 hours as far as pain relief is concerned. I am also prescribed Klonopin 1mg t.i.d. prn for PTSD, GAD. Also Adderall 20mg (90) for ADD/Social Anxiety. This combo I've found to be effective for all of my conditions and I truly feel this is the best method for my chronic pain. Yoga helps as well I've found. I suffer from Severe Sciatica, Gallbladder Calculus with acute cholecystitis w/ obstruction, Severe Spondylolisthesis, Severe Thoracic and lumbosacral neuritis, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Scoliosis w/ spinal stenosis, inguinal hernia w/ obstruction, degenerative disc disease. Bilary obstruction, etc.”

10 / 10
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JohnnyAthens · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 16, 2015

MS Contin (morphine): “This medication gave me my life back! I'm 20, been dealing with chronic testicular and pelvic pain from a sports injury (I tore a muscle in my pelvis which radiates pain to the scrotum). I can't begin to describe how wonderful MS Contin works for my pain. I was on OxyContin 30 mg twice a day and it provided no relief. It was also outrageously expensive. My pain doctor switched me to MS Contin 30 mg twice a day and it's been a Godsend and a lifesaver! It brings my pain down from an 8/10 to a 4/10 and lower! I can now function throughout the day, work, go out places, and spend time with friends. It's affordable, no side effects, and it even gives me a lift!”

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Don't be Afraid! December 9, 2017

Morphine Sulfate ER (morphine): “Many years ago, I chose medication over surgery to treat severe, chronic pain. Although dependency on pain medication has it's own problems, I still think it was a good choice. I have had almost 20 productive years that I would not otherwise have had. I have learned two things in those years. First, if you are taking Morphine ER, try to arrange your schedule in such a way that you have an hour or two to nap after you take your meds. This medication is more effective if you are sleeping or at rest as it takes effect. Second, avoid oxycodone or oxycontin [time-release oxycodone]. That medication rapidly looses effectiveness and becomes unreliable. For me, the best overall pain med has been Morphine ER. Hope this helps, and God bless.”

8 / 10
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Jewels14 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 17, 2014

Morphine Sulfate ER (morphine): “Morphine Sulfate ER 15 mg. I have been using this for approximately 6 months. I find that many of the side effects listed have become apparent to me. I do experience: shakiness, constipation, elevated liver enzymes, difficulty urinating, uncontrollable sleepiness, blurred vision, sensitivity to bright lights at nighttime, including some indoor lighting. In addition, I suffer from stomach pain, feel lethargic at times, memory loss, lack of desire to socialize, depression, and other minor events that I did not have prior to taking morphine.”

8 / 10
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StephanieAlice · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 5, 2014

MS Contin (morphine): “This medication was a life saver in the fact that it returned my quality of life back to me. I was on this medication for over 5 years at 30mg twice daily; never needed an increase in dosage. What I loved most about this medication was that it was a great pain reliever without the typical "high" feeling of opiates. When insurance didn't cover the medication, I was able to find it at a hospital (Non profit) pharmacy for around $30/month. The only downside to this medication is coming off of it. I came off of it when I was pregnant and felt withdrawals for the longest I've ever felt withdrawals from an opiate. The next time I came off of it, I quit cold turkey, which reduced withdrawal time in half.”

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rocker-chick96 August 10, 2014

Morphine Sulfate IR (morphine): “After getting a bad infection meningitis I had some long term damage. I have migraines daily and fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis. I can't take most pain medication because it can make it worse. Morphine is the only one that has worked for me & I'm able to live a life! It's been 7 years and my dose has stayed the same. I take morphine sulphate IR 30, 3 times a day. No side effects no more. I can drive & it doesn't affect daily activities. But be careful it causes constipation. So if you are on it I recommend that you take a stool softener & vitamins.”

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Jey · Taken for less than 1 month February 23, 2019

MorphaBond ER (morphine): “So, I was on 30 mg of MS contin (morphine) two times a day for 6 months then they took me down to two 15mg a day and I complained. Now they give me this Morphabond two times a day 15 mg. I'm on day 4 and have not gotten ANY relief AT ALL from this! Only relief I get is when I get to take a break through oxycodone at 8 hour intervals! This medicine is useless! I even said I didn't think it was dissolving or something now reading the comments no wonder people OD on this , it's NOT because they ABUSE them it's because they aren't getting any of the meds that they are paying for! Then when I go back to pain management and they pee test me they will say there's nothing there watch because the stuff doesn't dissolve or get absorbed!! What a waste!!!”

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MommaDragan · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 16, 2014

MS Contin (morphine): “I was in a really bad car wreck in which I had temporary paralysis due to C3 and C4 fractures and was in a halo for almost 4 months. I would have never survived physical therapy and everyday movement with out this medication.”

10 / 10
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