OxyContin Medication Information
OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic and is 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 tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period. The medicine binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces a number of 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.
In order to help minimize risks while taking OxyContin, information on the drug should be reviewed before treatment begins. It is important to know that OxyContin has a significant potential for both physical and psychological dependence and abuse. If you have a history of alcohol or drug dependence, make sure to let your healthcare provider know before he or she prescribes you this narcotic drug.
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