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OxyContin Dangers

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic and a "controlled substance" in the United States. It comes in extended-release tablets and is approved for treating moderate to severe pain.
Before you start taking OxyContin, risks associated with the use of narcotics should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Check with your healthcare provider before taking OxyContin if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, or kidney disease, as this drug may not be the best choice for you. You should avoid taking OxyContin altogether if you have significant respiratory depression, severe asthma (or are having an asthma attack), hypercarbia, or a bowel obstruction.
It is also important to know that OxyContin can cause a number of side effects. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medication include constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness. It is common to develop non-allergic itching due to OxyContin. The medication causes a release of histamine, resulting in itching unrelated to any allergy. If you develop itching but no other allergy symptoms, it is unlikely that you are allergic to OxyContin.
(Click OxyContin Side Effects and OxyContin Warnings and Precautions to learn more about potential dangers of OxyContin and to find out what other side effects or complications may occur with the use of this narcotic medication.)
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