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What is Oxycontin?

OxyContin is an opioid pain reliever that is also known as a narcotic. It is a prescription medicine that helps treat moderate to severe pain.

Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic that works by changing the way your body perceives and responds to pain. You can buy OxyContin online.

Important Information

  • Do not use OxyContin if you have severe asthma or breathing problems or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
  • Oxycontin misuse can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Keep Oxycontin in a location where others will not be able to access it.
  • Do not oxycodone while pregnant can result in life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
  • If you combine OxyContin with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, fatal side effects can occur.

What to know before taking Oxycontin?

You should not take OxyContin if you are allergic to oxycodone or if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Severe asthma or breathing difficulties
  • A blockage in your intestines or stomach

Do not use OxyContin unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it.

Do not give OxyContin to a child younger than 11 years old.

To make sure Oxycontin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • Breathing problems, sleep apnea
  • Drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
  • A head injury, or seizures
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Urination problems
  • Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid

If you use OxyContin while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on the drug, leading to dangerous withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Babies born dependent on opioids may require medical care for several weeks.

If you are breastfeeding, consult your health advisor before taking oxycodone. Inform your doctor if you notice the nursing baby is tired or breathing slowly.

How to take Oxycontin?

  • Use OxyContin precisely as directed. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take oxycodone in larger doses or for a longer time than prescribed. When you start taking extended-release OxyContin, you should stop all other opioid pain relievers. Never give opioid medication to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. 
  • Take this medication regularly, as directed by your doctor, not as needed for sudden (breakthrough) pain. Take Oxycontin with or without food every 12 hours. If you have nausea, taking this medication with food may help. 
  • To avoid a potentially fatal overdose, swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not chew, crush, break, or dissolve.
  • Do not crush or break an OxyContin tablet to inhale the powder or mix it with a liquid to inject the drug into the vein. This practice can lead to death.
  • Do not abruptly stop using OxyContin. The withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, mental or mood changes (including anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide), watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior. Follow your doctor’s instructions for tapering your dose.

Oxycontin dosage

  • The usual dosage for Adult
  • The initial dosage for patients who are not opioid-tolerant is 10 mg OxyContin orally every 12 hours.
  • Using higher starting doses in patients who are not opioid-tolerant may result in fatal respiratory depression.
  • Overdose

An oxycodone overdose is fatal, especially in a child or someone taking the medication without a prescription. The overdose can cause severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing. 

Your doctor may advise you to get naloxone, a medicine that helps reverse an opioid overdose. If you stop breathing or do not wake up, a caregiver can administer naloxone.

What to avoid while using Oxycontin?

  • Avoid consuming alcohol while using OxyContin. Dangerous side effects or death may occur.
  • While taking this medication, avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Grapefruit may raise the chance of side effects when taking this medication. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. 
  • Do not drive a car or operating machinery until you understand how oxycodone will affect you. Falls or other accidents can occur as a result of dizziness or severe drowsiness.
  • Avoid medication errors. Always double-check the brand and strength of oxycodone you purchase from a pharmacy or when you buy OxyContin online. You should order OxyContin online from a trusted online pharmacy.

Oxycontin side effects

The common OxyContin side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Constipation
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Contact your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Shallow breathing, noisy breathing, sighing, breathing that stops during sleep
  • A slow heart rate or weak pulse
  • Light-headedness, like you, might pass out
  • Confusion, unusual thoughts, or behavior
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, worsening tiredness, loss of appetite, dizziness, or weakness
  • High levels of Serotonin in the body – agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, trouble sleeping, vomiting, diarrhea

Serious breathing problems may be more common in older adults or those with wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders.

What drugs can interact with Oxycontin?

Specific medication can interfere with removing oxycodone from your body, which can affect how well it works. These are Azole antifungals, Macrolide antibiotics, Mifepristone, HIV medications (such as ritonavir), Rifamycins (such as rifabutin, rifampin), and certain seizure medications (such as Carbamazepine, Phenytoin). 

Opioid medicines can interact with many other drugs and cause fatal side effects or death. Be sure your health advisor knows if you take:

  • Cold or allergy medicines, bronchodilator asthma medication
  • Medication for motion illness, irritable bowel syndrome, or hypoactive bladder
  • Other opioids – opioid ache drug or prescription cough medicine;
  • A sedative like Valium – diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, Versed, and others
  • Drugs that make you sleepy or shallow your breathing – a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness
  • Medications that affect serotonin amounts in the body – a stimulant or drug for depression, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting