OxyContin is the controlled-release form of oxycodone, an opioid analgesic synthesized from thebaine. The main source of oxycontin itself is the Persian poppy, which contains several types of alkaloids.
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Purdue Pharma released OxyContin as a controlled-release tablet in 1996. The drug as known by its brand name has since then been a commercial success with the company earning billions of dollars from its sale.
OxyContin is used in the relief of severe continuing pain, such as pain caused by cancer, trauma, and major surgery. While the dosage, frequency and duration of administration varies between patients, the drug is intended to be orally taken every 12 hours. Doctors also commonly use it as either a first-line or a second-line treatment (i.e., as an alternative to morphine) for the management of cancer-related pain.
Higher strengths of OxyContin should only be used under strict medical supervision. Doctors usually prescribe it when a patient has been regularly taking opioid painkillers in moderate to large amounts. At higher strengths, the drug can result in overdose, even cause death, otherwise.
OxyContin should be taken based on a regular schedule as recommended by your doctor. It isn’t suitable for the management of breakthrough (sudden) pain so it shouldn’t be taken as needed. It can be taken with or without food but if you experience nausea, you should take it with food to reduce the symptom.
Be sure to swallow the tablet whole, usually with water to help it go down. Avoid licking, wetting, chewing, breaking, and dissolving it before swallowing since the drug can be released all at once, thus, increasing overdose risk.