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When and How to Take OxyContin

General considerations include the following:
  • OxyContin comes in the form of extended-release tablets. It is usually taken twice a day.
  • It is probably best to take it with food, as it can be upsetting to the stomach.
  • High-fat meals may increase the level of OxyContin in the bloodstream. This is probably not a problem except for people taking the highest strength (160 mg tablets). If you take the 160 tablets, talk with your healthcare provider about any dietary precautions that may be necessary.
  • Breaking, dissolving, or crushing the tablets can be very dangerous, as this will cause too much of the medication to be released too quickly.
  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking OxyContin, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see OxyContin Withdrawal).

Dosing Information

The dosage 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click OxyContin Dosage for more information.)
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