What should I avoid while taking MS Contin?

While you are taking MS Contin (morphine), a drug used for moderate to severe around-the-clock pain, you should avoid drinking alcohol. Drinking alcohol -- or using a prescription or over-the-counter drug that contains alcohol -- can increase your risk of respiratory depression, in which your breathing gets so slow and shallow, you don't get enough oxygen. This side effect of MS Contin can be life-threatening.

While you're taking this drug, you should avoid starting any new medicine or dietary supplement before talking with your doctor. Many medicines may interact dangerously with MS Contin. Medicines that affect the central nervous system, such as sedatives, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants and some antidepressants, may be dangerous if you take them along with MS Contin. Other medicines may decrease the effectiveness of MS Contin.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or perform any duties requiring alertness until you know how MS Contin affects you. This strong prescription pain medication may make you feel dizzy, lightheaded or sleepy and interfere with your ability to perform.

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