What Is OxyContin and how is it used?
Oxycontin is a prescription medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycontin may be used alone or with other medications.
Oxycontin is an opioid pain medication.
It is not known if Oxycontin is safe and effective in children younger than 18 years of age.
What Are Side Effects of OxyContin?
OxyContin may cause serious side effects including
- noisy breathing,
- shallow breathing,
- breathing that stops during sleep (sleep apnea),
- slow heart rate or weak pulse,
- light-headed feeling,
- unusual thoughts or behavior,
- loss of appetite,
- dizziness, and
- worsening tiredness or weakness,
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Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
The most common side effects of OxyContin include:
- stomach pain,
- nausea, and
Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Oxycontin. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Limitations Of Use
- Because of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse with opioids, even at recommended doses, and because of the greater risks of overdose and death with extended-release opioid formulations [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS], reserve OXYCONTIN for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options (e.g., non-opioid analgesics or immediate-release opioids) are ineffective, not tolerated, or would be otherwise inadequate to provide sufficient management of pain.
Important Dosage And Administration Instructions
OXYCONTIN should be prescribed only by healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable in the use of potent opioids for the management of chronic pain.
OXYCONTIN 60 mg and 80 mg tablets, a single dose greater than 40 mg, or a total daily dose greater than 80 mg are only for use in patients in whom tolerance to an opioid of comparable potency has been established. Adult patients who are opioid tolerant are those receiving, for one week or longer, at least 60 mg oral morphine per day, 25 mcg transdermal fentanyl per hour, 30 mg oral oxycodone per day, 8 mg oral hydromorphone per day, 25 mg oral oxymorphone per day, 60 mg oral hydrocodone per day, or an equianalgesic dose of another opioid.