Oxycontin

(Oxycodone)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1241 reviewsforOxycodone
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Treats severe pain.

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Our bottom line

Oxycontin (Oxycodone) provides options for treating both short and long-term moderate to severe pain, but no matter how long you take it, you’ll need to watch out for constipation.

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Quick facts about Oxycodone
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxycodone)

Upsides

  • Oxycontin (Oxycodone) immediate-release (short acting) works best for “as needed” or “break-through” pain.
  • Long-acting tablets are good for chronic pain that requires around-the-clock relief.
  • Can have fewer side effects than other opioid pain relievers.
  • Generally considered to be stronger than morphine.
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Downsides

  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common. While taking this, it’s best to avoid alcohol.
  • You’ll need to take the immediate-release for a few weeks before you can be switched to the long-acting formulation. It’s not safe to start taking the long-acting one if you've never taken an opioid pain medicine before.
  • Everyone will get constipation, so it’s best to stay hydrated and take a stool softener while on Oxycontin (Oxycodone).
  • Long-term use will likely cause physical dependence.
  • Need be weaned slowly off the medicine after using it longer than two weeks.
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How it works

Oxycontin (Oxycodone) is an opioid medicine (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception.

Quick facts about Oxycodone
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxycodone)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Oral solution
  • Liquid
People’s experience with Oxycodone

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What to expect when you take Oxycontin (Oxycodone) for Pain

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  • Possible side effects
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Constipation
  • Physical dependence
  • Difficulty breathing
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Side effect rates for Oxycontin (Oxycodone)

  • Abdominal pain
    5%5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
  • Dyspepsia
    5%5%
  • Gastritis
    5%5%
  • Chills
    5%5%
  • Fever
    5%5%
  • Anorexia
    5%5%
  • Twitching
    5%5%
  • Abnormal dreams
    5%5%
  • Anxiety
    5%5%
  • Confusion
    5%5%
  • Dysphoria
    5%5%
  • Euphoria
    5%5%
  • Insomnia
    5%5%
  • Nervousness
    5%5%
  • Thought abnormalities
    5%5%
  • Dyspnea
    5%5%
  • Hiccups
    5%5%
  • Rash
    5%5%
  • Postural hypotension
    5%5%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Oxycodone.

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Risks and Warnings for Oxycontin (Oxycodone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Current use of medicine that affects liver enzyme CYP 3A4
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Higher dose
    • People with not enough thyroid hormones
    • History of lung problems

    Taking too much Oxycontin (Oxycodone) can cause irregular or slow breathing that can put you in a coma and can cause death. Oxycontin (Oxycodone) should be swallowed whole, don't ever crush or chew. If your lips and fingers start turning blue from low oxygen, see a doctor immediately. In the hospital, doctors can give you a medicine that reverses the effects of Oxycontin (Oxycodone). Don't take more than your doctor prescribes. Always check with your doctor before starting any new medicines or supplements.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Oxycontin (Oxycodone)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Oxycodone
BProbably safe
Alcohol
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Oxycodoneon 8/2/2017Miss the morning and evening dose of you want to drink ANY alcohol
    38
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Chronic pain (severe)
Food
  • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
Pain
  • Oxycontin (Oxycodone) immediate-release (short acting) works best for “as needed” or “break-through” pain.
  • Long-acting tablets are good for chronic pain that requires around-the-clock relief.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed OxycodoneMy pain mgmt doctor worked hard to find the right med, dosage and least side effects that manages my pain and improved my quality of life and remaining somewhat functional. Now I worry d/t doctors being pressured to stop prescribing it.
    51
    Woman
Sleep
  • Dizziness and drowsiness is common. While taking this, it’s best to avoid alcohol.