What is OxyContin?OxyContin is a controlled-release form of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone used for the management of moderate to severe pain when continuous, around-the-clock relief is needed for an extended period of time.
What is the most important information I should know about OxyContin?OxyContin is not intended for use on an as-needed basis. It has the potential for dependence and abuse and can cause severe adverse effects including severe breathing problems and even death, if not taken according to your doctor's directions. Use OxyContin exactly the way your doctor tells you to, and for the condition for which it was prescribed.
OxyContin 60-milligram (mg), 80-mg and 160-mg tablets are only for use in patients who have already been taking opioid drugs (opioid-tolerant). Use by patients who have not been taking an opioid drug can cause fatal breathing problems.
The empty shell of the OxyContin tablet sometimes appears in the stool. This is not a reason for concern.
Who should not take OxyContin?Do not take OxyContin if your pain is mild or will go away in a few days, or if your pain can be controlled by occasional use of other painkillers.
Do not take OxyContin if you have severe asthma or lung problems, if you have or are suspected to have a condition called paralytic ileus (impairment of the small intestines), or if you have had a severe allergic reaction to codeine, hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine, or oxycodone in the past.
OxyContin should not be used if you had surgery <12-24 hours ago and you were not already taking OxyContin just before surgery.
OxyContin is not for use in children.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of OxyContin?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with OxyContin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have trouble breathing or lung problems, head injury, liver or kidney problems, adrenal gland problems (such as Addison's disease), convulsions or seizures, alcoholism, hallucinations or other severe mental problems, and past or present substance abuse or drug addiction.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The recommended starting dose of OxyContin is 10 milligrams (mg) taken every 12 hours. The starting dose of OxyContin is determined by your physical condition, the type of painkillers you have been taking, and your tolerance for narcotics.
How should I take OxyContin?OxyContin tablets should be swallowed whole and never chewed or crushed. Taking broken, chewed, dissolved, or crushed OxyContin tablets leads to potentially fatal doses.
Take OxyContin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not adjust the dose or discontinue OxyContin without consulting your doctor. Contact your doctor if you feel that discontinuation of therapy is appropriate; your doctor can provide a dose schedule to accomplish a gradual discontinuation of the medication, if necessary.
What should I avoid while taking OxyContin?Avoid alcohol and other medications that will make you sleepy while taking OxyContin. Alcohol and these drugs will greatly increase the drowsiness and dizziness caused by OxyContin and could be dangerous.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities while taking OxyContin.
Do not share this medication with others.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with OxyContin?If OxyContin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining OxyContin with the following: alcohol, antianxiety drugs, antipsychotic drugs, antinausea drugs, general anesthetics, muscle relaxants, narcotic painkillers, sleep aids, sleep-inducing antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and tranquilizers.
What are the possible side effects of OxyContin?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, itching, nausea, sweating, vomiting, weakness
Can I receive OxyContin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?OxyContin should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. OxyContin is found in breast milk, so breastfeeding is not recommended while taking OxyContin.
What should I do if I miss a dose of OxyContin?If you miss a dose of OxyContin, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store OxyContin?Store at room temperature in a secure place out of reach of children. Protect from light. Dispose of unused tablets by flushing them down the toilet. Protect from theft.
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