Treats moderate to severe pain when around-the-clock pain relief is needed for a long period of time. Slow-release oxycodone is a narcotic that should not be taken more often than every 12 hours.
Oxycontin, Oxycontin CR
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine, morphine, or brands such as Tylox®, Tylenol® No. 3, Vicodin®. You should not use this medicine if you have breathing problems, severe asthma, or a stomach problem known as paralytic ileus.
How to Use This Medicine
Long Acting Tablet
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Swallow this medicine whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. Do not take any tablet that has been chipped or broken in the bottle. Taking a broken tablet can cause this medicine to be released into your bloodstream too quickly, which could lead to accidentally taking a dangerously high dose.
- You may take this medicine with food or milk if it upsets your stomach. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of exercise to avoid constipation.
- If this medicine upsets your stomach, it may be taken with food. However, do not take the 160-mg OxyContin® controlled-release tablet with a high-fat meal.
- Part of the tablet may pass into your stools after you body has absorbed the medicine. This is normal and is nothing to worry about.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine at room temperature in a closed container, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using phenothiazines (such as Compazine®, Phenergan®, Serentil®, Thorazine®), muscle relaxers, or an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®).
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine. Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other medicine for pain relief, or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, or sedatives).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have emphysema or other breathing problems, stomach problems or intestinal blockage, low blood pressure, seizures, Addison's disease, liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, prostate disorders, thyroid disorders, problems with urination, or a history of depression, mental illness, alcoholism, head injury, or brain tumor.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- This medicine may cause constipation. This is more common if you use it for a long time. Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Cold, clammy skin
- Confusion, lightheadedness, or fainting
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
- Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, cold or clammy skin
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
- Nausea, vomiting