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    Old 03-19-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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    MS Contin vs Avinza?

    Can anyone tell me, maybe Conductor?, what is the difference between MS Contin and Avinza? Besides the insurance co-pay?

     
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    Old 03-20-2006, 02:42 AM   #2
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    Re: MS Contin vs Avinza?

    I think the main difference is the different formulations. MS Contin is designed to be taken twice a day and Avinza was designed to be a once a day medication, although it's being given more often these days.

    I've been on Avinza (90mg) for the past 4 years and I prefer it to anything else and to MS Contin because I forget to take it all the time.

     
    Old 03-20-2006, 03:09 AM   #3
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    Re: MS Contin vs Avinza?

    I've heard people say there's a lot less up and down's with Avinza and Kadian compared to Ms Contin; it seems to me that the jury says they are much "smoother" medications.

    Oh, and the insurance co-pay is different j/k--what you didn't want to hear!

     
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    Re: MS Contin vs Avinza?

    The only real major difference is the release of the morphine itself. MSC releases itself twice, say 45 mins after taking and then again 4-6 hours (not sure some days it seems sooner than later) whereas the Avinza is a continual low dose release over a 24 hour period.
    I personally found the Avinza to be easier on the stomache but less effective than the MSC at the same dosage.

     
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    Re: MS Contin vs Avinza?

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    The only real major difference is the release of the morphine itself. MSC releases itself twice, say 45 mins after taking and then again 4-6 hours (not sure some days it seems sooner than later) whereas the Avinza is a continual low dose release over a 24 hour period.
    I personally found the Avinza to be easier on the stomache but less effective than the MSC at the same dosage.
    I had the opposite experience. 2 years ago I was admitted to the hospital with pnuemonia and they put me on MSC. It didn't feel as smooth as Avinza and it didn't feel like enough medication was being released to control the pain. I also hated having to take it twice a day - once is bad enough.

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