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(oxycodone hydrochloride) Controlled-release Tablets
- A strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) that is used to treat moderate to severe around-the-clock pain.
Important information about OXYCONTIN:
- Get emergency help right away if you take too much OXYCONTIN (overdose). OXYCONTIN overdose can cause lifethreatening breathing problems that can lead to death.
- Never give anyone else your OXYCONTIN. They could die from taking it. Store OXYCONTIN away from children and in a safe place to prevent stealing or abuse. Selling or giving away OXYCONTIN is against the law.
Do not take OXYCONTIN if you have:
- severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems.
- a bowel blockage or have narrowing of the stomach or intestines.
Before taking OXYCONTIN, tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of:
- head injury, seizures
- liver, kidney, thyroid problems
- problems urinating
- pancreas or gallbladder problems
- abuse of street or prescription drugs, alcohol addiction, or mental health problems.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are:
- pregnant or planning to become pregnant. OXYCONTIN may harm your unborn baby.
- breastfeeding. OXYCONTIN passes into breast milk and may harm your baby.
- taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
When taking OXYCONTIN:
- Do not change your dose. Take OXYCONTIN exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
- Take each dose every 12 hours at the same time every day. If you miss a dose, take OXYCONTIN as soon as possible and then take your next dose 12 hours later. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take more than 1 dose in 12 hours.
- Swallow OXYCONTIN whole. Do not cut, break, chew, crush, dissolve, or inject OXYCONTIN.
- OXYCONTIN should be taken 1 tablet at a time. Do not pre-soak, lick, or wet the tablet before placing in your mouth.
- Call your healthcare provider if the dose you are taking does not control your pain.
- Do not stop taking OXYCONTIN without talking to your healthcare provider.
- After you stop taking OXYCONTIN, flush any unused tablets down the toilet.
While taking OXYCONTIN Do Not:
- Drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how OXYCONTIN affects you. OXYCONTIN can make you sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
- Drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol.
The possible side effects of OXYCONTIN are:
- constipation, nausea, sleepiness, vomiting, tiredness, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain. Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms and they are severe.
Get emergency medical help if you have:
- trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, chest pain, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, extreme drowsiness, or you are feeling faint.
These are not all the possible side effects of OXYCONTIN. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/26/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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