An opioid pain medication, OxyContin (oxycodone) is used to manage severe pain with long-term treatment, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough.
How it works?
Upon ingestion, the drug gets attached to certain benzodiazepine receptors in your brain hence boosting the activity of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter which reduces the activity of the brain. As a result, it produces a calming effect.
How to administer OxyContin?
The starting dosage for patients who are not opioid tolerant is OXYCONTIN 10 mg orally every 12 hours. The prescription varies by
- severity of condition
- other medical conditions
- Response to the treatment
OXYCONTIN 60 mg and Oxycontin 80 mg tablets, a single dose greater than 40 mg, or total daily dose greater than 80 mg are only for use in patients in whom tolerance to an opioid of comparable potency has been established.
Adult patients who are opioid tolerant are those receiving, for one week or longer, at least, Oxycontin 30 mg oral oxycodone per day, or an equianalgesic dose of another opioid.
Inquire from your doctor if you need to stop other opioid medication before starting oxycontin. And to prevent withdrawal symptoms, consult with your doctor. Generally the doctors themselves gradually decreases the dose. However, if you have any withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, mental/mood changes (including anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide), watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior, Consult with your doctor immediately.
OxyContin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to OxyContin: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Opioid medicines can slow or stop your breathing, and death may occur. A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.
- noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep;
- a slow heart rate or weak pulse;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness.