Generic Name: Oxycodone hydrochloride
Product Name: OxyContin
Oxycontin is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain.
- 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.
- 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.
Common side effects
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness and light-headedness when moving form a lying to standing position
- Difficulty urinating
- Constipation with prolonged use
Uncommon side effects
- Slowing or speeding up of the heart rate
- Abdominal pain
- Rigid muscles
For further information talk to your doctor.