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What is Oxycontin?
OxyContin (oxycodone) is an opioid pain reliever that is also known as a narcotic. It is a prescription medicine that helps treat moderate to severe pain.
Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic that works by changing the way your body perceives and responds to pain. You can buy OxyContin online.
Do not use OxyContin if you have severe asthma or breathing problems or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Oxycontin misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Keep Oxycontin in a location where others will not be able to access it.
Using oxycodone while pregnant can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
If you combine OxyContin with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, fatal side effects can occur.
What to know before taking Oxycontin?
You should not take OxyContin if you are allergic to oxycodone or if you have any of the following conditions:
- severe asthma or breathing difficulties
- a blockage in your intestines or stomach
Do not use OxyContin unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it.
Do not give OxyContin to a child younger than 11 years old.
To make sure Oxycontin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- breathing problems, sleep apnea
- drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- a head injury, or seizures
- liver or kidney disease
- urination problems
- problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid
If you use OxyContin while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on the drug, leading to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Babies born dependent on opioids may require medical care for several weeks.
If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking oxycodone. Inform your doctor if you notice the nursing baby is drowsy or breathing slowly.
How to take Oxycontin?
Use OxyContin exactly as directed. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take oxycodone in larger doses or for a longer time than prescribed. When you start taking extended-release OxyContin, you should stop all other opioid pain relievers. Never give opioid medication to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Take this medication regularly, as directed by your doctor, not as needed for sudden (breakthrough) pain. Take Oxycontin with or without food every 12 hours. If you have nausea, taking this medication with food may help.
To avoid a potentially fatal overdose, swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not chew, crush, break, or dissolve.
Do not crush or break an OxyContin tablet to inhale the powder or mix it with a liquid to inject the drug into your vein. This practice can lead to death.
You should not abruptly stop using OxyContin. The withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, mental or mood changes (including anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide), watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior. Follow your doctor’s instructions for tapering your dose.
Usual dosage for Adult
The starting dosage for patients who are not opioid-tolerant
is 10 mg OxyContin orally every 12 hours.
Using higher starting doses in patients who are not opioid-tolerant may
result in fatal respiratory depression.
An oxycodone overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or someone taking the medication without a prescription. The overdose can cause severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing.
Your doctor may advise you to get naloxone, a medicine that helps reverse an opioid overdose. If you stop breathing or do not wake up, a caregiver can administer naloxone. Your caregiver must still seek emergency medical attention and may need to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on you while waiting for help.
What to avoid while using Oxycontin?
Avoid consuming alcohol while using OxyContin. Dangerous side effects or death may occur.
While taking this medication, avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Grapefruit may raise the chance of side effects when taking this medication. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you have a better understanding of how oxycodone will affect you. Falls or other accidents can occur as a result of dizziness or severe drowsiness.
Avoid medication errors. Always double-check the brand and strength of oxycodone you purchase from a pharmacy or when you buy OxyContin online. You should order OxyContin online from a trusted online pharmacy.
Oxycontin side effects
The common OxyContin side effects may include:
- stomach pain
Contact your doctor immediately if you have:
- shallow breathing, noisy breathing, sighing, breathing that stops during sleep
- a slow heart rate or weak pulse
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
- confusion, unusual thoughts, or behavior
- seizure (convulsions)
- low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, worsening tiredness, loss of appetite, dizziness, or weakness
- high levels of serotonin in the body – agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Serious breathing problems may be more common in older adults or those with wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders.
What drugs can interact with Oxycontin?
Certain medication can interfere with the removal of oxycodone from your body, which can affect how well it works. These are azole antifungals (such as ketoconazole), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin), mifepristone, HIV medications (such as ritonavir), rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), and certain seizure medications (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin).
Opioid medicines can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:
- cold or allergy medicines, bronchodilator asthma/COPD medication
- medicines for motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, or overactive bladder
- other opioids – opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine;
- a sedative like Valium – diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, Versed, and others
- drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing – a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness
- drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body – a stimulant or medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting