MS-Contin (Morphine Sulfate Controlled-Release) Drug Information


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MS-Contin (Morphine Sulfate Controlled-Release) Drug Information

The tablet strengths describe the amount of morphine per tablet as the pentahydrated sulfate salt (morphine sulfate).

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The 15 mg tablets also contain: FD&C Blue No. 2, lactose, polysorbate 80.

The 30 mg tablets also contain: D&C Red No. 7, FD&C Blue No. 1, lactose, polysorbate 80.

The 60 mg tablets also contain: D&C Red No. 30, D&C Yellow No. 10, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose.

MS CONTIN tablets are for oral use and contain morphine sulfate, an agonist at the mu-opioid receptor.

Accidental ingestion of MS CONTIN, especially in children, can result in a fatal overdose of morphine.

Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor, seizures), breathing problems (such as asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (such as confusion, depression), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation, diarrhea due to infection, paralytic ileus), difficulty urinating.

Morphine sulfate is an odorless, white, crystalline powder with a bitter taste. It has a solubility of 1 in 21 parts of water and 1 in 1000 parts of alcohol, but is practically insoluble in chloroform or ether. The octanol: water partition coefficient of morphine is 1.42 at physiologic pH and the pKb is 7.9 for the tertiary nitrogen (mostly ionized at pH 7.4). Its structural formula is:

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Each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients common to all strengths: cetostearyl alcohol, hydroxyethyl cellulose, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, talc and titanium dioxide.

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MS CONTINcontains morphine, an opioid agonist and Schedule II controlled substance with an abuse liability similar to other opioid agonists, legal or illicit. Assess each patient's risk for opioid abuse or addiction prior to prescribing MS CONTIN. The risk for opioid abuse is increased in patients with a personal or family history of substance abuse (including drug or alcohol abuse or addiction) or mental illness (e.g., major depressive disorder). Routinely monitor all patients receiving MS CONTIN for signs of misuse, abuse, and addiction during treatment.

The 100 mg tablets also contain: black iron oxide.

Respiratory depression, including fatal cases, may occur with use of MS CONTIN, even when the drug has been used as recommended and not misused or abused. Proper dosing and titration are essential and MS CONTIN should only be prescribed by healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable in the use of potent opioids for the management of chronic pain. Monitor for respiratory depression, especially during initiation of MS CONTIN or following a dose increase. Instruct patients to swallow MS CONTIN tablets whole. Crushing, dissolving, or chewing the tablet can cause rapid release and absorption of a potentially fatal dose of morphine.

Last reviewed on RxList: 7/23/2012 This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances. Share this Article:

Before taking morphine, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

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The 200 mg tablets also contain: D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Blue No. 1, hydroxypropyl cellulose.

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MS CONTIN (morphine sulfate) Controlled-Release WARNING.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as: