Questions and Answers about OxyContin

  1. What kind of medicine is OxyContin?
  2. What kind of pain is appropriate to treat with OxyContin?
  3. How do I know if I have the right kind of pain to use OxyContin?
  4. Are there any activities that I should not perform while using OxyContin for pain relief?
  5. What should I do if I still have pain after I take the OxyContin?
  6. Can I take other medicines while I am using OxyContin for pain relief?
  7. Can I drink an alcoholic beverage while I am using OxyContin for pain relief?
  8. Will I become addicted to OxyContin if I take it every day?
  9. What should I do when I no longer need the OxyContin for pain relief?
  10. Haven't there been press reports about the misuse of OxyContin?
  11. Can I take OxyContin if I am pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or planning to nurse my baby?
  12. Are there any other special precautions I should take with my OxyContin?

1. What kind of medicine is OxyContin?

OxyContin contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. OxyContin is designed so that the oxycodone is slowly released over time, allowing it to be used twice daily. You should never break, chew, or crush the OxyContin tablet since this causes a large amount of oxycodone to be released from the tablet all at once, potentially resulting in a dangerous or fatal drug overdose.

2. What kind of pain is appropriate to treat with OxyContin?

OxyContin is intended to help relieve pain that is moderate to severe in intensity, when that pain is present all the time, and expected to continue for a long time. This level of pain severity may be caused by a variety of different medical conditions.

3. How do I know if I have the right kind of pain to use OxyContin?

Only a physician can determine if OxyContin is a good choice to manage a your pain. If you have pain every day that lasts for a large part of the day, and the pain is moderate or severe in intensity, depending upon other factors in your medical history, OxyContin may be a good choice for you. Speak with your physician.

If you feel you only need to take a pain reliever occasionally and this adequately treats your pain, OxyContin is NOT the right drug for you. If you only need a pain reliever for a few days, for example following a dental or surgical procedure, OxyContin is not the right drug for you.