INFORMATION AND SUPPORT
The World of
Chronic Pain

More than 125 million Amercians are suffering.

Diseases &
Conditions

These conditions can cause a world of pain.

Medications
& Treatment

Be sure you know the cautions and side effects.

Help &
Support

Finding help is not always simple for those in pain.

Safety &
Prevention

These tips can help prevent a lifetime of pain.

News &
Issues

Up-to-date news on pain-related issues.

Oxycontin

Oxycontin is the time-release form of oxycodone. It is often titrated to find the correct dosage.

Cautions: DO NOT CRUSH, CHEW OR BREAK OXYCONTIN. THIS CAN BE FATAL.

Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release oxycodone slowly into your system. Breaking them would cause too much drug to be released into the blood at one time leading to a potentially fatal dose of oxycodone.

See the same cautions, side effects, and interactions for oxycodone.

Occasionally, empty Oxycontin tablets may be passed out in the stool. This is not a problem. The active medication has been absorbed in the body and the empty tablet shell may appear in the stool.

To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of oxycodone with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Do not stop taking oxycodone suddenly if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.

Increasing the amount of fiber and water (six to eight full glasses) in your diet may alleviate constipation.

Do not share this medication with anyone else.

Store oxycontin at room temperature away from moisture and heat and out of the reach of children. When treatment with oxycontin is no longer needed, any remaining medication should be destroyed by flushing down the toilet. webMD