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OxyContin Pain Medicine

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a narcotic pain reliever that is a classified as a "controlled substance" in the United States. It comes in extended-release tablets and is approved for treating moderate to severe pain.
OxyContin contains oxycodone, an opioid that binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and 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 a long-acting pain medicine, OxyContin provides continuous, around-the-clock pain control. The tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period. This provides patients with the convenience of taking OxyContin just twice a day (instead of several times a day, as is necessary with short-acting oxycodone) and provides for more steady pain control.
(Click OxyContin to learn more about the effects of OxyContin, to find out what side effects may occur with this drug, and for warnings associated with narcotic use.)
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