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OxyContin (oxycodone) is an opioid pain medication.

OxyContin is used to treat moderate to severe pain that is expected to last for an extended period of time. OxyContin is used for around-the-clock treatment of pain. It is not to be used on an “as-needed” basis for pain.

OxyContin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Oxycodone (20mg)
Imprint: N P 14
Strength: 20 mg
Color: Gray
Shape: Round
Manufacturer: Nesher Pharmaceuticals USA LLC

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How should I use OxyContin?

Take OxyContin exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. OxyContin can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never take OxyContin in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.

OxyContin may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.

Take with food.

Do not crush, break, or open an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal dose.

You should not stop using oxycodone suddenly. Follow your doctor’s instructions about tapering your dose.

Never crush or break a tablet to inhale the powder or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. This can cause in death.

Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light.

Do not keep leftover OxyContin tablets. Ask your pharmacist where to locate a drug take-back disposal program. If there is no take-back program, flush any unused tablets down the toilet.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use OxyContin if you are allergic to oxycodone, or if you have:

  • severe asthma or breathing problems; or
  • a blockage in your stomach or intestines.

You should not use OxyContin unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it.

OxyContin should not be given to a child younger than 11 years old.

To make sure OxyContin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a history of head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
  • a history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
  • urination problems;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid; or
  • if you use a sedative like Valium (diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others).

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 habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks.

Long-term use of opioid medication may affect fertility (ability to have children) in men or women. It is not known whether opioid effects on fertility are permanent.

Do not breast-feed. Oxycodone can pass into breast milk and may cause drowsiness or breathing problems in a nursing baby.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since OxyContin is used for pain, you are not likely to miss a dose. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include slow heartbeats, severe muscle weakness, cold and clammy skin, noisy breathing, and very slow breathing.

What should I avoid while using OxyContin?

Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.

Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how OxyContin will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.

Avoid medication errors. Always check the brand and strength of oxycodone you get from the pharmacy.

Oxycodone dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Pain:

Initial:
Controlled Release (CR): 10 mg orally every 12 hours.

Maintenance:
CR: 20 mg to 640 mg per day in patients with cancer pain. The average total daily dose is approximately 105 mg per day. Cancer patients with severe pain may require “as needed” rescue doses of the immediate-release form of oxycodone to supplement the controlled-release form.

Usual Geriatric Dose for Pain:

Initial:
Immediate Release (IR): 2.5 mg orally every 6 hours

Maintenance:
CR: 20 mg to 640 mg per day in patients with cancer pain. The average total daily dose is approximately 105 mg per day. Cancer patients with severe pain may require “as needed” rescue doses of the immediate-release form of oxycodone to supplement the controlled-release form.

What other drugs will affect OxyContin?

Some drugs can raise or lower your blood levels of oxycodone, which may cause side effects or make OxyContin less effective. Tell your doctor if you also use certain antibiotics, antifungal medications, heart or blood pressure medications, or medicines to treat HIV or AIDS.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with oxycodone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Oxycontin (20 MG)
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