Important Information Regarding the Safe Use of OxyContin
OxyContin controlled-release tablets contain the opioid oxycodone. This medication is indicated for the management of pain that is moderate to severe and around the clock. It is meant for pain that is expected to persist for an extended period of time, not for people who have occasional or short-term pain. It is also not meant to treat immediate post-surgical pain (first 12-24 hours) unless the patient was already on this medication at the time of surgery. This drug should not be prescribed on an as-needed basis or for mild pain.
Treatment with OxyContin should be individualized in each case and doctors may take into account the diagnosis, medical history and whether or not the person is already tolerant to opioids. Many doctors will choose to try other methods of pain management first. This can include therapy with non-narcotic painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. If other treatments don't work, a doctor may decide to try an opioid painkiller that is less potent, such as Vicodin or Percocet.
OxyContin Misuse or Abuse Can Lead to Serious Problems
OxyContin is a very powerful drug and can lead to dependence and addiction. Opioid dependence is evident if withdrawal symptoms develop when use is stopped. Many people on long-term OxyContin therapy will become physically dependent. However, this combined with a psychological dependence can be indicative of OxyContin addiction. Misuse or abuse of any kind can lead to a potentially fatal overdose. This is why it's so important that doctors prescribe this medication for cases that fall within the indicated guidelines.
OxyContin can be taken successfully but in order for this to happen, patients must take it exactly as prescribed. Be sure to carefully read the instructions for safe use before taking the medication, paying attention to the sections on OxyContin Warnings and OxyContin Interactions.