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Effects of OxyContin

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription narcotic medicine that is classified as a "controlled substance" in the United States. It comes in extended-release tablets and is approved for treating moderate to severe pain.
OxyContin tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period. The medicine contains oxycodone (a narcotic, opioid pain reliever). It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces a number of different results. OxyContin's effects include (but are not limited to):
  • Pain relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Physical dependence.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend OxyContin for something other than the uses discussed previously in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Taking OxyContin three times daily (instead of the officially recommended twice-daily dosage) is a common off-label use.
(Click OxyContin Uses to learn more about the effects of this drug, to find out if it can be given to children, and for general safety information for this product.)
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