Buprenorphine, Codeine, Codeine & Terpinhydrate, Dihydrocodeine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone,
Hydrocodone & Homatropine, Hydromorphone, Levorphanol, Meperidine, Methadone,
Morphine, Nalbuphine, Opium, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Pentazocine, Propoxyphene
BASIC OxyContin INFO
Habit forming? Yes
Prescription needed? Yes
Available as generic? Yes
Drug class: Narcotic
OxyContin MEDICAL USES
Relieves pain and diarrhea; suppresses cough.
MEDICAL DOSAGE & OxyContin USAGE
How to take
- Tablet, capsule or extended release tablet: Swallow OxyContin with liquid. Do not crush, crumble or open extended release forms, especially the Palladona brand (could lead to a fatal dose).
- Liquid form of morphine: Mix with fruit juice just before taking to improve taste.
- Syrup: Mix with one-half glass of water (4 oz.) before swallowing.
- Dispersible tablets: Stir OxyContin into water or fruit juice just before taking each dose.
- Liquid form: May need to be diluted with water before taking. Follow directions on label.
- Suppositories: Remove wrapper and moisten suppository with water. Gently insert into rectum, small end first.
- Nasal, transmucosal, transdermal or lozenge form: Follow prescription instructions.
- Buccal tablet: Let tablet dissolve in mouth per instructions. Do not chew or swallow whole.
When to take OxyContin:
- No more often than every 4 hours.
If you forget a OxyContin dose:
Take as soon as you remember. Wait 4 hours for next dose.
What OxyContin does:
- Blocks pain messages to brain and spinal cord.
- Reduces sensitivity of brain's cough control center.
Time lapse before drug works:
Don't take OxyContin with:
Any other medicine or any dietary supplement
without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Deep sleep, slow breathing; slow pulse;
respiratory arrest; flushed, warm skin;
seizures; constricted pupils.
|OxyContin SIDE EFFECTS|
Irregular or slow heartbeat, difficult breathing, wheezing.
Common OxyContin Side Effects:
Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, headache, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps, overexcitement.
Infrequent OxyContin Side Effects:
Black, tarry stools;
bloody or cloudy urine;
painful or frequent
urination; fast, slow or
wheezing; back or side
pain; red dots on skin;
red or flushed face;
ringing or buzzing in
ears; skin rash, hives
or itching; sore throat;
fever; face swelling;
unusual bleeding or
bruising; yellow skin
Rare OxyContin Side Effects:
Changes in vision, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite, restlessness, nightmares, trouble sleeping.
|Don't take OxyContin if:
- You are allergic to any narcotic.
- Diarrhea is due to toxic effect of drugs or poisons.
Before you start, consult your doctor if:
- You have impaired liver or kidney function.
- You will have surgery within 2 months, including dental surgery, requiring general or spinal anesthesia.
- You have asthma.
Over age 60:
More likely to be drowsy, dizzy, unsteady or constipated.
- Use only if absolutely necessary.
Risk factors vary for drugs in this group. Consult doctor.
Drug filters into milk. OxyContin may harm child. Avoid.
Infants & children:
- OxyContin is not recommended.
Prolonged OxyContin use:
- With high doses and long-term use, can cause psychological and physical dependence (addiction).
- May cause chronic constipation.
Skin & sunlight:
No special problems expected.
Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
Don't drive or pilot aircraft until you learn how medicine affects you.
- Don't work around dangerous machinery.
- Don't climb ladders or work in high places.
- Danger increases if you drink alcohol or take medicine affecting alertness and reflexes, such as antihistamines, tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medicine, narcotics and mind-altering drugs.
- Discontinue in 2 days if symptoms don't improve.
- Report to the doctor any symptoms that develop after discontinuing, such as gooseflesh, irritability, insomnia, yawning, weakness, large eye pupils.
- If used for several weeks or more, consult doctor before discontinuing.
- Some products contain tartrazine dye. Avoid, especially if you are allergic to aspirin.
- Advise any doctor or dentist whom you consult that you take this medicine.
- Follow directions exactly for using the fentanyl skin patch to avoid an overdose that could lead to severe side effects (including death).
- Lying down after the first few doses may decrease unwanted effects of nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness or dizziness.