OxyContin 20 mg Tablets
OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is an extended-release medication often used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is available by prescription only and comes in numerous strengths, including:
- 10 mg OxyContin tablets
- 15 mg OxyContin tablets
- 20 mg OxyContin tablets
- 30 mg OxyContin tablets
- 40 mg OxyContin tablets
- 60 mg OxyContin tablets
- 80 mg OxyContin tablets
- 160 mg OxyContin tablets.
There is great variation in the dosage of OxyContin that can be tolerated and that will effectively relieve pain. People who have taken OxyContin or similar medications for extended periods of time may need (and will tolerate) larger OxyContin doses. Also, some people seem to naturally be more sensitive to OxyContin than others.
Many healthcare providers will start patients with a low dose of a short-acting oxycodone product and increase the dosage as necessary and as tolerated. Once the dosage is stable (and if pain control is still needed), the healthcare provider may recommend switching over to OxyContin.
Officially, OxyContin is recommended only for twice-a-day use. However, it is often prescribed "off-label" for use three times a day (every eight hours).
(To learn more about dosing for this medication, click OxyContin Dosage. This article includes a list of factors that may affect your OxyContin dose and provides tips and important warnings for taking this particular drug.)