Since OxyContin (oxycodone ER) does not have the same effect on everyone, dosing for this drug will vary from person to person. It is common for healthcare providers to start patients with a low dose of a short-acting oxycodone product and increase the dosage as necessary. Once the dose is stable (if continued pain control is needed), the healthcare provider may recommend switching to a tolerable dosage of OxyContin.
The dose of OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type and dose of other painkillers you have taken
- The severity of your pain
- How you respond to OxyContin
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
There is great variation in the dosage of OxyContin that can be tolerated and that will effectively relieve pain, depending on several factors. People who have taken OxyContin or other similar medications for a long time may need (and will tolerate) larger OxyContin doses. Also, some people seem to naturally be more sensitive to OxyContin than others.
It is common for healthcare providers to start patients with a low dose of a short-acting oxycodone product and increase the dosage as necessary and as tolerated. Once the dose is stable (if continued pain control is needed), the healthcare provider may recommend a switch to OxyContin.
The 60 mg, 80 mg, and 160 mg strengths are inappropriate (and probably dangerous) for people who are not accustomed to opioid medications.
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).