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OxyContin is a prescription medicine which is used when an opiate medication is needed to manage severe pain. OxyContin is used to treat moderate to severe pain, which could not be treated with any other medicines. OxyContin is used when an around-the-clock medication is needed for the long-term treatment of pain. This medicine should only be used when it is clearly needed when other pain treatments, such as non-opioid pain relievers do not treat your pain.
The medication of Oxycontin should not be used for the treatment of pain, which do not require around-the-clock treatment.
How to use OxyContin
The patients should not use OxyContin if they are allergic to it, or have severe asthma or breathing problem. It should not be given to a child younger than 11 years old. Take the dosage of this medicine exactly as prescribed. Carefully read the medication instructions provided at your prescription label before you start taking the dosage of OxyContin or whenever you get a refill. Consult with your doctor, or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand about the medication. Take the dosage of OxyContin precisely as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the pill as soon as you put it in the mouth with plenty of water. Do not presoak or lick the tablets. Take the dosages of OxyContin orally by mouth as directed by the physician, do not chew, crush, or snort it. Take this medicine with or without food. It is recommended to take the dosage of OxyContin after a meal if you have nausea. Consult with your doctor about other ways to prevent nausea. Dosage of this medicine always depends on the medical condition of the patient, age, and response to the medication. The patient should never alter the treatment of this medicine, take it more often than prescribed, or continue it for a longer time without consulting health care provider.
Do not suddenly stop using this medicine at any cost. Suddenly stopping this medication may lead to withdrawal effects of OxyContin.
Side effects of OxyContin
Side effects are common when the medication is started for the first time, which may include:
- Dry mouth
- Uncontrollable shaking
Consult with your doctor if these common side effects become severe and don’t go away.
- Consumption of this medicine may make you feel dizzy, do not drive any vehicle, or operate any machinery until you do not feel dizzy.
- Before taking the dosage of OxyContin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it, or have any other allergies.
- Do not consume alcohol or any alcoholic beverage when you have a dose of this medicine.
- Do not take the medication of OxyContin if you have head injuries, asthma, breathing problem, kidney disease, or liver disease.
- Before having any surgery, tell your doctor about the products you are using, including prescription drugs.
- Older adults are more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.
- Do not use this medicine during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor for a better understanding of the safe usage of this medicine.
- Do not share your medicine with anyone. Sharing or giving away your medication is against the law.
Since this medication is used to treat severe pain, you are not likely to miss any of its doses. Skip the missed dose when it is time for the next dose. Do not double dose OxyContin. Consult with your doctor for a better understanding of missed doses of OxyContin.
Store the medicine at room temperature, away from moisture, direct sunlight, and heat. Do not flush the medication in the toilet and do not store it in the kitchen. Keep a record of your remaining medicine. Do not leftover your opioid drug. It is prone to be abused.