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Oxycontin, Get An Insight

Oxycontin is also referred to as Oxycodone. This is taken to get relief from narcotic pain. Oxycontin is useful in treating moderate, average to severe pain. This medication is an around the clock pain reliever similar to morphine. This medication is taken before and after a surgery.

Importance of taking Oxycontin

Oxycontin needs to be used by a person only if prescribed, else it may become a habit. Keep the medication in a place such that others do not reach it.

Oxycontin as a medicine indicates you to stop drinking alcohol. The side effects of taking alcohol with Oxycontin may turn to be dangerous, leading to death. Hence, check your medicine labels and food to ascertain these products contain no alcohol.

Remember that this medication may also impair your thinking, so be careful while you are driving or doing things that needs you to be alert.

Similarly, never avoid using Oxycontin suddenly as it may result in withdrawal symptoms. So, it is best to consult your doctor before stopping using Oxycontin so that you also know the ways to avert withdrawal symptoms.

Details of Oxycontin

Oxycontin is an opioid representing Oxycodone hydrochloride controlled release and this comes in the form of tablets suitable for oral administration. The strength of the tablet describes the oxycodone amount per tablet. This tablet comes is 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 and 80mg.

Oxycontin is an odorless crystalline powder, white in color derived from the alkaloid opium, the Baine. Oxycontin tablets contain inactive ingredients such as lactose, sodium hydroxide, sorbic acid, ammonia methacrylate copolymer, stearyl alcohol, triacetin, polyethylene glycol 400, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, hypromellose and povidone.

Oxycontin 10, 20, 40 and 80mg tablets meet the tolerances provided and the 15, 30 and 60 mg tablets are also tested with the USP Dissolution Test2.

How to use

Read the guide, look at Oxycontin pictures before taking Oxycontin and take it on a regular schedule. Take this with or without food at an interval of 12 hours, as prescribed by your doctor. In case you feel nauseated, take with food. Yet, ask your doctor, he may suggest some simple steps such as lying down for a hour or so.

Another important thing to note is just swallow the tablets, do not crush, chew, break or dissolve it, as doing so increases the risk of overdose.

Possible side effects

Oxycontin pictures show it is a medicine to relieve acute pain, yet if there are side effects, you can look for medical help. Some of the reactions may relate allergic signs such as difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling of the lips, face, throat or tongue. In case you find you are facing serious side effects, it is best to immediately stop using this medicine and to call your doctor. The serious side effects may include:

  • 1) Slow heartbeat, Shallow breathing
  • 2) Convulsions (seizure)
  • 3) Confusion
  • 4) Clammy skin, Cold
  • 5) Dizziness or severe weakness

There may be possibilities of lesser serious side effects such as:

  • 1) Vomiting, appetite loss, constipation and nausea
  • 2) Very exhausted feel, headache, dizziness
  • 3) Sweating
  • 4) Dry mouth

Precautions best taken

Taking Oxycontin is best, provided you tell your pharmacist or doctor in case you are allergic or suffer from allergies. As the tablets contain inactive ingredients, there may be chances of causing allergic reactions. It is best to talk to your pharmacist and then take the tablet.

However, informing your pharmacist or doctor about your medical history, especially if there are sleeping problems such as sleep apnea, asthma, pulmonary disease or brain disorders such as head injury, seizures, tumor or liver disease, kidney disease, mood disorders such as depression, confusion or any abuse of alcohol, drugs, family history, intestinal or stomach problems such as constipation, diarrhea or difficulty in swallowing.

Prevention tips

Preventing constipation is rightly done by eating adequate diet with fiber, drinking plenty of water and exercising. You can also consult your pharmacist for a stool softener.

The dizziness risk and light headedness can be prevented or reduced by getting up slowly and by sitting for a minute or even lying in the same position and standing only after a minute.

This medicine may make you feel drowsy or dizzy. So do not use machinery, drive or do activities that need alertness. You use these things only when you are very certain that you can perform these activities safely. Above all is to avoid alcoholic beverages.

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