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What is OxyContin?

Sometimes known as narcotic, OxyContin is an opioid pain medication. You can use it alone or with other medicines.

Strong prescription medicine use is when opioid treatment is needed to manage severe pain enough to require daily around the clock, long term treatment with an opioid.

It happens mostly when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough or cannot tolerate them.

You must not use this medicine on an as-needed basis for pain that is not around the clock.

What are the uses of OxyContin?

The use of this medication is to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics.

One should use this drug’s higher strengths only if one has been regularly taking moderate to large amounts of opioid pain medication. These drugs may cause overdose or death if someone who has not been regularly taking opioids takes this medicine.

Do not use OxyContin to relieve mild pain or the pain that will go away in few days. It is not for an occasional or as-needed basis.

How does OxyContin work?

This medicine’s primary work efficiently manages moderate to severe acute or chronic pain when other treatments are insufficient.

It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.

It may improve the quality of life in certain types of pain. It is still unclear if use in chronic pain improves the quality of life or ongoing pain relief.

What to know before using OxyContin?

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking OxyContin.

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to oxycodone or if you have:

  • Asthma (severe) or breathing problems
  • Blockage in intestines or stomach

You should not use this medicine unless you are already using a similar opioid treatment and tolerant of it.

Be aware of not giving OxyContine to a child younger than 11 years old.

Inform your doctor if you ever have these medicines to make sure the drug is safe for you:

  • Breathing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Head injury
  • Seizures
  • Mental illness
  • Drugs or alcohol addiction
  • Urination problems
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid.

Your baby could become drug dependent if you use OxyContin while you are pregnant.

It can lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after its delivery. An opioid-dependent baby may need medical treatment for several weeks.

Do not breastfeed because OxyContin can pass into breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing problems, or the nursing baby’s death.

OxyContin dosage

Take OxyContin according to the prescription. Follow the instructions mention on your prescription label and real all medication guidelines.

Never use OxyContin in large amounts or for longer than the guidelines of prescription. Inform your doctor if you feel an increase in the urge to take more OxyContin.

Stop taking other narcotic pain medicines when you start taking OxyContin ER.

Swallow the whole ER tablet to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal overdose. Don’t chew, crush, break, or dissolve.

It administers orally every 12 hours. The initial dosage of people who are not opioid-tolerant is 10 mg orally every 12 hours.

Adult dosage (ages 18-64 years):

  • If you have not been treated with opioids medication before, you should start with a 10 mg dose every 12 hours.
  • Based on your body’s response to the drug, your doctor will decide what dosage is right for you.

Child dosage (ages 11-17 years):

The children who have taken and tolerated opioid medication for at least five days in a row and are under this age group can take this medicine. But only the doctor can decide the dosage that will best suit your child.

Non-confirmation that the drug is safe and effective for use in children younger than 11 years.

Senior dosage (ages 65 years and older):

The kidney of these people may not work that well. It can lead to slow processing of the drug. If the pill stays in your body for a longer time, it raises your risk of side effects.

Your doctor may start with a low dosage because this may help keep the level of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Never smash or crush an OxyContin tablet to inhale the powder or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. It may lead to your death.

Not stop using this medicine suddenly. Follow your doctor’s advice about tapering your dose.

Keep OxyContin tablets away from heat, moisture, and light at room temperature. It is a drug of abuse, so keep track of it and be aware while using it. Be careful as one dose can cause death if you use it accidentally or improperly.

Seek medical attention or call the medical helpline at 1-800-222-1222 in case of overdose.

OxyContin side effects

Go for emergency help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to OxyContin, such as hives, breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

This medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. Your attendant should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or unconscious.

Consult your doctor if you have:

  • Noisy breathing, shallow breathing
  • Sighing, interrupted breathing while sleeping
  • Slow heart rate
  • Weak pulse
  • A light-headed feeling of faintness.
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior, confusion
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Low cortisol levels: vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness, or weakness.

Older adults and people suffering from malnourishment and exhaustion are more prone to this medication’s serious side effects.

Seek medical attention if you have serotonin syndrome symptoms, such as confusion, agitation, sweating, fever, rapid heart rate, chest pain, shortness of breath, muscle stiffness, trouble in walking, or feeling faint.

Common OxyContin side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Call your doctor for any advice on side effects, or you may report your side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.