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OxyContin

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Generic Name: Oxycodone hydrochloride
Product Name: OxyContin

Indication

Oxycontin is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain.

Action

  • Oxycontin is an opioid medication.
  • Opioids act on opioid receptors in the nervous system to reduce the sensation of pain.
  • As well as relieving pain, Oxycontin also decreases breathing and causes constipation.

Dose advice

  • The initial dose 5-15 mg every 4-6 hours.
  • This dose may be adjusted depending on the individual patients response.
  • With controlled release formulations 10 mg is given every 12 hours and this dose may be adjusted depending on the individual patients response.
  • Controlled release formulations should not be used for initial therapy.
  • If Oxycontin is given rectally the dose is 30 mg every 6-8 hours.
  • Older patients usually require lower doses.

Schedule

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Common side effects

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness and light-headedness when moving form a lying to standing position
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Constipation with prolonged use

Uncommon side effects

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Dates

Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 1 January, 1970

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