OxyContin is a medication approved to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a strong narcotic painkiller that is meant only for continuous, around-the-clock pain control. This medicine comes in the form of extended-release tablets and is available by prescription only. As an opioid pain reliever, the drug produces a number of effects, including pain relief, cough suppression, slowing of the digestive tract, and physical dependence.
OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic and a "controlled substance" in the United States. It comes in extended-release tablets and is approved for treating moderate to severe pain.
OxyContin is made by Purdue Pharma L.P.
OxyContin tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period. This medication contains oxycodone, a narcotic, opioid pain reliever. It 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.