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.
What Is OxyContin?
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.
Who Makes This Drug?
OxyContin is made by Purdue Pharma L.P.
How Does OxyContin Work?
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.