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Oxycontin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is oxycodone (Oxycontin)?
- What are the possible side effects of oxycodone?
- What is the most important information I should know about oxycodone?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxycodone?
- How should I use oxycodone?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while using oxycodone?
- What other drugs will affect oxycodone?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using oxycodone?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine (examples include methadone, morphine, Oxycontin, Darvocet, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, and many others), or to a narcotic cough medicine that contains codeine, hydrocodone, or dihydrocodeine.
You should also not take oxycodone if you are having an asthma attack or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.
Oxycodone may be habit forming. Never share oxycodone with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
To make sure oxycodone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
- liver or kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- trouble swallowing, or a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines);
- curvature of the spine that affects breathing;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- low blood pressure;
- gallbladder disease;
- Addison's disease or other adrenal gland disorder;
- enlarged prostate, urination problems;
- mental illness; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
FDA pregnancy category B. Oxycodone is not expected to harm an unborn baby. However, oxycodone may cause breathing problems, or addiction and withdrawal symptoms in your newborn if you take the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Oxycodone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using oxycodone.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
How should I use oxycodone?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
If your doctor has told you to take two or more oxycodone tablets per dose, take the tablets one at a time. Do not wet, presoak, or lick the tablet before placing it in your mouth. Drink plenty of water to make swallowing easier and to prevent choking.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Drink plenty of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are using oxycodone. Ask your doctor about ways to increase the fiber in your diet. Do not use a stool softener (laxative) without first asking your doctor.
Do not stop using oxycodone suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using oxycodone.
Never crush a tablet or other pill to mix into a liquid for injecting the drug into your vein. This practice has resulted in death with the misuse of oxycodone and similar prescription drugs.
Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Oxycodone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Always check your bottle to make sure you have received the correct pills (same brand and type) of medicine prescribed by your doctor. Ask the pharmacist if you have any questions about the medicine you receive at the pharmacy.
After you have stopped using this medication, flush any unused pills down the toilet. Throw away any unused liquid oxycodone that is older than 90 days.
Additional Oxycontin Information
- Oxycontin Drug Interactions Center: oxycodone oral
- Oxycontin Side Effects Center
- Oxycontin Overview including Precautions
- Oxycontin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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