Oxycontin - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Oxycontin: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is a prescription pain drug that contains an opioid (a strong narcotic) used to manage severe pain. It is a long-acting (extended-release) pain medicine and not used on an as-needed basis to treat pain or pain that is not round-the-clock. 

Oxycontin  is used in long- term pain management or when non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines do not provide relief from pain. 

Caution should be exercised when using Oxycontin as it can put the patient at risk for opioid addiction, abuse, misuse, overdose or even death. It is not intended for use in children less than 11 years of age.

What are the uses of Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is a prescription drug used to treat severe ongoing pain resulting from cancer, injuries, arthritis, bursitis or other conditions. It works by changing the way how your body feels and responds to pain. Individuals also use this drug illegitimately for the euphoric effect, which can lead to addiction and prove fatal. 

The drug should not be used to relieve pain that is mild or occasional or that goes away in a few days. You may reach out to our medical experts for more information.

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What are the side effects of Oxycontin?

Oxycontin may cause the following side effects. 

  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Mood changes

Some serious side effects include: 

  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Shivering
  • Severe muscle stiffness or twitching
  • Loss of coordination
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Rash
  • Swelling on the body 
  • Seizures
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Light-headedness

If you experience any of these serious symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.


Frequently Asked Questions about Oxycontin

1. What is the difference between Oxycodone and Oxycontin?

Oxycodone is an opioid substance, the main ingredient in various pain medications including Oxycontin.

Oxycontin on the other hand is the time-release version of oxycodone. It contains higher concentrations of oxycodone as compared to drugs that are not time-release versions.

2. How addictive is smoking Oxycontin?

Oxycodone is prescribed in tablet form for relieving intense pain. Using it for non-medicinal reasons can lead to addiction. Smoking Oxycontin is a common means of substance abuse.

Crushing the tablet into a powder and using the resultant product for smoking results in faster transmission of the substance to the brain, giving an instant high to the user.

3. Is Oxycontin a Physical or Psychological Addiction?

Oxycontin addiction is both physical and psychological. A person can become addicted to this drug even if they take it as prescribed, causing mental and physical dependence.

If a person stops taking Oxycontin suddenly, they may experience a change in their behavior and have withdrawal symptoms, which in turn may lead them to continue consuming it. If you have concerns, contact our medical experts for advice.

4. Is Oxycontin the Super Glue Hormone?

Oxycontin can reduce the production of testosterone and other hormones, causing sexual dysfunction. Hence, Oxycontin is not a superglue hormone.

5. What is the difference between Oxycontin and morphine sulfate?

Oxycontin is used to treat moderate to severe pain and can be habit-forming if taken long-term. Morphine sulfate offers effective long-term pain relief without the need to take it frequently. It is recommended in chronic pain and usually causes constipation. However, studies show that Oxycontin has a greater analgesic effect than morphine sulfate.

6. What is the Oxycontin lawsuit?

According to the Oxycontin lawsuit, individuals who claim this drug has harmed them can file a lawsuit against the prescriber. These cases mostly involve family members of victims as the plaintiffs, who sue drug companies alleging their loved ones died from Oxycontin addiction or overdoses.

7. What kind of narcotic is Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is an opioid analgesic. It contains 10 to 80 mg of oxycodone in a time-released formula that offers pain relief for up to 12 hours. It is recommended to patients who need round-the-clock relief from moderate to severe pain. Get in touch with our expert doctors if you are suffering from painful conditions.

8. Can a pregnant woman take Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is not recommended for use by pregnant women.

9. Can I take Oxycontin while breastfeeding?

Administration of Oxycontin is not recommended to nursing women as it contains oxycodone, an active ingredient that may be secreted in breast milk and may cause respiratory depression in the baby.

10. Can I consume alcohol with Oxycontin?

One should not consume any beverage that contains alcohol while taking Oxycontin. Alcoholic beverages may have dangerous interactions with Oxycontin, which can prove fatal.

11. Can I drive if I have consumed Oxycontin?

Since Oxycontin is a narcotic drug, it is likely to affect your ability to drive.

It is recommended to use Oxycontin as directed by your doctor. If your pain does not stop or gets worse, contact your doctor. You may also reach out to our expert doctors for more information or if you need help managing your health conditions.

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