What are the side effects of OxyContin?
(sustained release oxycodone) is a
long-acting medication for relieving moderate to severe pain. It's a member of the opioid
family of drugs that also includes morphine and codeine.
The most common side effects of OxyContin® are constipation, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, itching, vomiting, headache, weakness, dry mouth, and sweating. Increasing your fiber intake or taking a stool softener like docusate (Colace®) can help prevent constipation. Taking OxyContin® with food can decrease nausea and vomiting. Drinking plenty of water and sucking on sugarless candies are good ways to reduce dry mouth. OxyContin® can affect your reflexes and judgment. Don't drive or operate machinery while taking it until you know how it affects you. Using OxyContin® can sometimes lead to drug dependence. This rarely happens when people take OxyContin® for its legitimate use in relieving pain; however, it can sometimes occur with long-term use.
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