MS Contin and Alcohol Interaction

MS Contin and Alcohol

MS Contin generic name morphine sulphate controlled-release tablets belong to a family of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers which are used to treat moderate to severe pain which requires 24 hour pain relief.

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using an a narcotic pain reliever as the side effect of the drug may be greatly increased.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using MS Contin advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, breathing disorder, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, curvature of the spine, history of head injury, brain tumour, epilepsy, seizure, low blood pressure, gallbladder disease, addison’s disease, adrenal gland disorders, enlarged prostate, problems urinating, mental illness, history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are constipation, warmth, tingling, redness under skin, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, anxiety, memory problems or insomnia. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, feet, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizure, cold clammy skin, confusion, severe weakness or dizziness, lightheaded faint. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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