OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone) is the time-release form of oxycodone which is typically prescribed for chronic and severe pain. Due to the fact that it can contain a large amount of oxycodone.
OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone) is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic prescribed for chronic or long-lasting pain. The active ingredient is oxycodone, which is also found in drugs like Percodan and Tylox. OxyContin can contain between 10 and 80 milligrams of oxycodone in a timed-release tablet, compared to about five milligrams a day in Percodan.
How It’s Used
Generally, OxyContin is prescribed to be taken twice a day, a benefit over other pain-relieving medications that have to be taken several times a day. OxyContin is available in tablet form in seven dosage levels from 10 to 80 milligrams.
It is usually prescribed to help patients with chronic pain, such as back and neck pain. It may also be prescribed to cancer patients to help decrease pain and improve function.
Drug and Alcohol Interactions
Even when using OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone) as prescribed, it can cause serious or life-threatening breathing problems, especially during the first three days that it is used. Drinking alcohol or taking medications that contain alcohol can cause overdose and death.
Taking OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone) with other medications can also life-threatening breathing problems. If a health care provider tries to administer or prescribe OxyContin to you, let them know you are taking medication for any of the following:
Certain antifungal medications
Medications for anxiety, mental illness or nausea
Certain medications for HIV
Other narcotic pain medications
Supplements, especially St. John’s wort and tryptophan.
Side effects OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone)
Under prescribed dosage, OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone) is an effective pain reliever. When crushed and snorted or injected, the drug produces a quick and powerful “high” that some abusers compare to the feeling they get when doing heroin. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that in some areas of the country, OxyContin abuse rates are higher than heroin abuse.
OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone), like heroin and other opioids, is a central nervous system depressant. An overdose can cause respiratory failure and death.
Some symptoms of OxyContin overdose include:
Slow breathing (respiratory depression)
Loss of consciousness
Cold and clammy skin
Clouding of mental functions.
OxyContin 80mg (Oxycodone) withdrawal symptoms can begin as soon as six hours after the last dose and can last up to one week. People who have gone through OxyContin withdrawal compare the process to the intensity of heroin withdrawal.
Tiredness or fatigue
Joint and muscle aches
Nausea and vomiting