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OxyContin Drug Information

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription pain medication specifically approved for treating moderate to severe pain. It is a potent narcotic and an opioid (morphine-like) medication. In the United States, OxyContin is classified as a controlled substance.
OxyContin comes in the form of extended-release tablets and is typically taken twice a day. The tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period, which provides for more steady pain control.
In order to help ensure safe treatment with OxyContin, information for the drug should be discussed with your healthcare provider before you start the medication. As a narcotic, OxyContin has a significant potential for both physical and psychological dependence and abuse. If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, it is important to let your healthcare provider know before he or she prescribes OxyContin. You should also know that this medicine can cause a number of side effects, including constipation, dizziness, nausea, and itching.
(Click OxyContin for more information on this drug, including details on how it works, other warnings, and a list of the available strengths.)
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