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OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a strong narcotic painkiller that should not be used to treat mild or short-term pain.
OxyContin is meant to be used around the clock at scheduled times twice a day. It is not approved for "as needed" use (unscheduled use only when needed). OxyContin is not appropriate for treating pain after a surgery, unless you were already taking OxyContin before the surgery or if your pain is expected to be moderate to severe and long-lasting.
There are also some "off-label" indications for OxyContin. This is when a healthcare provider recommends OxyContin for something other than the uses discussed previously in this article. Taking OxyContin three times daily (instead of the officially recommended twice-daily dosage) is a common OxyContin off-label use.
(Click OxyContin Uses to learn more about approved OxyContin uses, to find out how this medication works, and for information about the use of this product in children.)
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