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OxyContin Medication for Pain

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a narcotic medicine that is available by prescription only. Although most people use OxyContin as a pain medication, the drug also provides other benefits (such as cough-suppressing effects).
This medication comes in the form of extended-release tablets and is typically taken twice a day. OxyContin tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period. This provides patients with the convenience of taking the medication just twice a day (instead of several times a day, as is necessary with short-acting oxycodone) and provides for more steady pain control.
OxyContin is meant to be used around the clock at scheduled times. It is not approved for "as needed" use (unscheduled use only when needed). OxyContin is not appropriate for treating pain after a surgery, unless you were already taking OxyContin before the surgery or if your pain is expected to be moderate to severe and long-lasting.
(Click OxyContin for more information on how OxyContin works for pain relief, to learn about the potential side effects of the drug, and to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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