See also Warning section.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking extended-release oxycodone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication on a regular schedule as directed by your doctor, not as needed for sudden (breakthrough) pain
Take this drug with or without food, usually every 12 hours. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with food.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible). If nausea persists, see your doctor.
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Swallow the tablets whole.
Do not break, crush, chew, or dissolve the tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of oxycodone overdose.
Like all drugs, Oxycontin has some side effects. However, with a healthy high-fiber diet, patients can overcome those.
Consult your doctor immediately if any of the side effects become severe.
First of all, Opioids are narcotic drugs and have addictive properties.
Oxycontin causes numbness to the nervous system making patients feeling number and light headed which is a form of “High”.
Discuss with your doctor if you have had any history of addiction to Opioids or any other substance.
Alcoholism can also have a bad effect on people taking Oxycontin.
Be extra careful if you have heart, lungs, liver, or kidney problems.
Expectant and breastfeeding mothers should also take care before using Oxycontin.
Most important of all, consult your doctor always about the best practices while using Oxycontin.
To add to that, do not suddenly stop using Oxycontin. Your doctor would most likely advise you to reduce dosage incrementally.