OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone) is a potent analgesic, it is used for moderate to severe pain in people who have cancer, arthritis, injuries, and other serious health conditions.
How OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone) Works in Your System
The pill is designed to release oxycodone over a period of 12 hours. The initial absorption is in a little over a half hour and then there is a second release from the pill in about seven hours. When you first start taking the prescription you should reach steady levels of the drug in your bloodstream after 24 to 36 hours. The elimination half-life of oxycodone from this formulation is 4.5 hours, which is longer than the 3.2 hours for immediate-release formulations. This means the drug’s action is effectively eliminated from the blood in 22.5 hours.
For unknown reasons, women have higher plasma levels when taking oxycodone. Taking the medication with food doesn’t affect the absorption, but you may have higher plasma levels when you take it with a high-fat meal. Plasma levels may also be higher in the elderly and people with renal or liver impairment.
Your body breaks down oxycodone hydrochloride into noroxycodone, oxymorphone, and noroxymorphone. Then it is excreted by the kidneys into the urine. It is detectable in the bloodstream for up to 24 hours, in the urine for three to four days, in saliva for one to four days, and in the hair follicle for up to 90 days.
Avoiding an Overdose Is Critical
OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone) works by altering the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. But it also has significant effects on depressing breathing and the cough reflex. An overdose can result in death.
To avoid an overdose, you must always take the pill whole and never cut, crush, chew, or inject the tablet. To do so would be potentially fatal. You also need to stick with the dosing schedule to avoid taking too many pills. Never take two pills together because you missed a dose and never take more than one pill in 12 hours.
The following are some of the symptoms of an OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone) overdose:
Slowed or stopped breathing
Limp or weak muscles
Narrowing or widening of the pupils
Cold, clammy skin
Slow or stopped heartbeat
Blue color of skin, fingernails, lips
Loss of consciousness or coma
Is It Addictive?
Like all opioids, OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone) has the potential to be highly addictive. Due to the potential for abuse, OxyContin is a Schedule II drug under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act (CSA).
Even pain patients who use the drug as prescribed are advised against suddenly stopping OxyContin use. Instead, the dosage should be gradually reduced to avoid withdrawal symptoms. However, very few people who take OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone) as prescribed become addicted to the drug.
Abusers of the drug, who take a higher than prescribed dosage, can develop a tolerance for OxyContin 40mg (Oxycodone). This can cause them to take ever-increasing amounts to achieve the same effect. It is possible to become addicted or dependent on the drug rather quickly. You may need OxyContin 80mg also.