OxyContin Warnings and Precautions
Before starting treatment, the warnings and precautions for OxyContin should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Narcotics such as OxyContin have a significant potential for abuse and addiction; this medication is not a good choice for people with a history of alcohol or drug dependence. You should also avoid taking OxyContin if you have severe asthma, a bowel obstruction, or hypercarbia.
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence
- Lung disease of any sort
- A head injury or high intracranial pressure
- Gallbladder or pancreas disease
- Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Addison's disease
- An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.