OxyContin (oxycodone) is an opioid pain medication sometimes called a narcotic.
Uses of Oxycontin
Oxycontin is used to help relieve severe ongoing pain (such as due to cancer)
This strong prescription medicine is used when an opioid medicine is needed to manage severe pain. In other words, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them Oxycontin is used.
Note; Oxycontin is not to be used on an as-needed basis for pain that is not around-the-clock.
How to take Oxycontin
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking extended-release Oxycodone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication on a regular schedule as directed by your doctor, not as needed.
Take this drug with or without food, usually every 12 hours. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with food.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible). If nausea persists, see your doctor.
Swallow the tablets whole. Do not break, crush, chew, or dissolve the tablets. Doing so can release all the drug at once, increasing the risk of oxycodone overdose.
To lessen the chance of choking or having trouble swallowing the tablet, take only one a tablet at a time if your dose is for more than one tablet.
Do not pre-soak, lick, or wet the tablet before placing it in your mouth. Be sure to drink enough water with each tablet to swallow it completely.
Important information before taking this medicine
Do not take OxyContin unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it.
Do not take OxyContin if you are allergic to oxycodone, or if you have:
Have severe asthma or breathing problems; or
Have a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
OxyContin should not be given to a child younger than 11 years old.
For additional safety, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- A head injury, or seizures;
- Drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
- Liver or kidney disease;
- Urination problems; or
- Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid.
If you use OxyContin while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born.
Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.
Do not breast-feed. Oxycodone can pass into breast milk and may cause drowsiness, breathing problems, or death in a nursing baby.
Side effects of OxyContin
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to OxyContin: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Opioid medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- Noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing;
- A slow heart rate or weak pulse;
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- Confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- Seizure (convulsions); or
- Low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness.
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