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OxyContin contains Oxycodone, which is a controlled substance and should be prescribed only by medical professionals who are enough knowledgeable in the use of potent opioids (narcotics) for the management of chronic pain. Tolerant patients (may stick it out) may take 60 mg to 80 mg tablets of this medication as a single daily dose. They should take a low dosage of 40 mg at the start of therapy. You are advised to remember below-given points while using OxyContin.
- You should always take medication through the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistently as per your doctors’ instructions.
- Your initial (first) dosage should be based on your physical, mental, and medical conditions your body responds to the medication.
- Doctors should monitor patients closely for respiratory depression, especially within the 24 to 72 hours after initiating treatment and following dosage increase with drug and adjust the dosage accordingly.
Users are instructed to swallow the whole tablet at one time with sufficient water to ensure perfect swallowing immediately after placing it in the mouth. You should not crush, chew, or break an OxyContin tablet; it can cause drug overdose and lead to severe adverse effects.
OxyContin is administered orally every 12 hours.
The Initial Dosage in Adults Who Are Not Opioid-Tolerant
Patients who are not opioid-tolerant may initiate their therapy by no more than 10mg dosage orally every 12 hours.
Using a higher amount of the drug at the beginning of treatment can cause fatal respiratory depression in intolerant users.
Conversion From Opioids To OXYCONTIN in Adults
You may take half of the patient’s total daily oral Oxycodone dose as OxyContin every 12 hours.
Conversion From Other Opioids (Narcotics) To OXYCONTIN
You may stop all other around-the-clock drugs after initiating the treatment with OXYCONTIN.
There is no established conversation ratio for converting from other narcotics to OXYCONTIN defined by medical trials. You may initiate your therapy through 10 mg orally every 12 hours.
The Initial Dosage in Pediatric Patients Of 11 Years Of Age Or Older
This dosage information is for use in pediatric patients of 11 years or older and already taking and tolerating opioids (narcotics) for at least five consecutive days. You may stop taking others around the clock drugs when OXYCONTIN therapy is initiated.
Patients should not take OxyContin if they have severe asthma or other breathing problems or a blockage in their intestine or stomach.
Misuse or abuse of this medication can cause addiction, overdose, or death. You should keep the medicine in a cool and dry place and away from children’s reach. Using this medication with other drugs or alcohol can cause fatal side effects.
Before Using Oxycontin
Users should not use this medication if they are allergic to Oxycodone or any other ingredient of this drug. You are advised to avoid OxyContin if you have;
- Severe breathing problems or asthma
- A blockage in your stomach or intestine
Patients should not take this medication unless they are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it.
This medication is not approved for use in children of 11 years of age.
You should consult with your doctor to make sure the beneficial and safe use of the drug if you have;
- A seizure problem or a head injury
- A history of drug (opioids) or alcohol addiction or mental illness
- Urination problems
- Kidney or liver disease
- A problem with your gallbladder, pancreas, and thyroid,
- If you are pregnant or planning for a baby.
- If you are a nursing mother, etc.
How To Use Oxycontin?
It is crucial to take some necessary precautions while or when using OxyContin.
- First of all, you should read all the instructions written on your prescription label and follow them all while going to initiate your therapy.
- You (user) should take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor for the shortest period.
- Don’t use Oxycodone in a larger dosage or for longer than prescribed.
- Do not break or crush a tablet to inhale the powder or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug into your body or vein.
- You should not stop using drugs suddenly without any reason and recommendation of professionals. It can cause you some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.