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OxyContin Oral

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription medicine commonly used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It belongs to a class of drugs called narcotics (opioids) and is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. Although this medication is available in numerous strengths, there is currently only one form of OxyContin -- tablets that are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period.
OxyContin works by binding to opioid receptors throughout the body, which produces numerous different effects. These effects include (but are not limited to):
  • Pain relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Physical dependence.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with OxyContin. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Common side effects of OxyContin may include constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and itching.
(Click OxyContin for more information on when and how to take oral OxyContin tablets, to learn about the warnings and precautions associated with the use of narcotics, and to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before using this medication.)
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