OXYCONTIN 10MG TABLETS

Active substance: OXYCODONE HYDROCHLORIDE

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S1112-15 LEAFLET Oxycontin 20120717

have breathing problems such as severe pulmonary disease.
Your doctor will have told you if you have this condition.
Symptoms may include breathlessness and coughing;



have previously suffered from withdrawal symptoms such as
agitation, anxiety, shaking or sweating, upon stopping taking
alcohol or drugs.

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR USER
®

OxyContin 10mg tablets
®
OxyContin 20mg tablets
®
OxyContin 40mg tablets
®
OxyContin 80mg tablets
(oxycodone hydrochloride)
Your medicine is known above but will be referred to as OxyContin
tablets throughout the following leaflet.
Please note that information regarding other strength, 5mg of
OxyContin tablets is also present in the below leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine.


Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.



If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.



This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same
as yours.



If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

These tablets should be avoided in patients with a history of, or
present alcohol or drug abuse.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription. If you take these tablets with some other
medicines, the effect of these tablets or the other medicine may be
changed.
These tablets must not be used together with a monoamine oxidase
inhibitor, or if you have taken this type of medicine in the last two
weeks (see section 2 “Do not take…”).
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:


medicines to help you sleep (for example tranquillisers,
hypnotics or sedatives);



medicines to treat depression;



medicines to treat psychiatric or mental disorders (such as
phenothiazines or neuroleptic drugs);

In this leaflet:



other strong analgesics or painkillers;

1. What OxyContin tablets are and what they are used for



muscle relaxants;

2. Before you take OxyContin tablets



medicines to treat high blood pressure;

3. How to take OxyContin tablets



quinidine (a medicine to treat a fast heart beat);

4. Possible side effects



cimetidine (a medicine for stomach ulcers, indigestion or
heartburn);

6. Further information



antifungal medicines (such as ketoconazole or voriconazole);

1. What OxyContin tablets are and what they are used for



antibiotics (such as erythromycin).

These tablets have been prescribed for you by your doctor to
relieve moderate to severe pain over a period of 12 hours. They
contain the active ingredient oxycodone which belongs to a group of
medicines called strong analgesics or ‘painkillers’.

Also tell your doctor if you have recently been given an anaesthetic.
Taking OxyContin tablets with alcohol

5. How to store OxyContin tablets

2. Before you take OxyContin tablets
Do not take OxyContin tablets if you:


are allergic (hypersensitive) to oxycodone, or any of the other
ingredients of the tablets (see section 6 ‘Further Information’);



have breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive airways
disease, severe bronchial asthma or respiratory depression.
Your doctor will have told you if you have any of these
conditions. Symptoms may include breathlessness, coughing or
breathing more slowly or weakly than expected;



have a head injury that causes a severe headache or makes
you feel sick. This is because the tablets may make these
symptoms worse or hide the extent of the head injury;



have a condition where the small bowel does not work properly
(paralytic ileus), your stomach empties more slowly than it
should (delayed gastric emptying) or you have severe pain in
your abdomen;



have a heart problem after long-term lung disease (cor
pulmonale);



have severe kidney problems or moderate to severe liver
problems. If you have other long-term kidney or liver problems
you should only take these tablets if recommended by your
doctor;



have ongoing problems with constipation;



are taking a type of medicine known as a monoamine oxidase
inhibitor (examples include tranylcypromide, phenelzine,
isocarboxazid, moclobemide and linezolid), or you have taken
this type of medicine in the last two weeks;



are under 18 years of age.

Drinking alcohol whilst taking OxyContin tablets may make you feel
more sleepy or increase the risk of serious side effects such as
shallow breathing with a risk of stopping breathing, and loss of
consciousness. It is recommended not to drink alcohol while you’re
taking OxyContin tablets.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Do not take these tablets if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicine.
Driving and using machines
These tablets may cause a number of side effects such as
drowsiness which could affect your ability to drive or use machinery
(see section 4 for a full list of side effects). These are usually most
noticeable when you first start taking the tablets, or when changing
to a higher dose. If you are affected you should not drive or use
machinery.
Important information about some of the ingredients of
OxyContin tablets
These tablets contain lactose which is a form of sugar. If you have
been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking these tablets.
3. How to take OxyContin tablets
Always take these tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. The
label on your medicine will tell you how many tablets to take and
how often.
Adults (over 18 years of age)
The usual starting dose is one 10 mg tablet every 12 hours.
However, your doctor will prescribe the dose required to treat your
pain. If you find that you are still in pain whilst taking these tablets
discuss this with your doctor.

If you are going to have an operation, please tell the doctor at the
hospital that you are taking these tablets.

Do not exceed the dose recommended by your doctor. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Take special care with OxyContin tablets

Swallow your tablets whole with water. Do not crush, dissolve or
chew them.

Before treatment with these tablets tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you:

OxyContin tablets are designed to work properly over 12 hours
when swallowed whole. If a tablet is broken, crushed,
dissolved or chewed, the entire 12-hour dose may be absorbed
rapidly into your body. This can be dangerous, causing serious
problems such as an overdose, which may be fatal.



have an under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), as you
may need a lower dose;



have a severe headache or feel sick as this may indicate that
the pressure in your skull is increased;



have low blood pressure (hypotension);



have a mental disorder as a result of an infection (toxic
psychosis);



have inflammation of the pancreas (which causes severe pain
in the abdomen and back) or problems with your gall bladder;

You must only take the tablets by mouth. The tablets should never
be crushed or injected as this may lead to serious side effects,
which may be fatal.



have inflammatory bowel disease;

Children



have prostate problems;



Children and adolescents under 18 years of age should not take the
tablets.

have poor adrenal gland function (your adrenal gland is not
working properly which may cause symptoms including
weakness, weight loss, dizziness, feeling or being sick);

You should take your tablets every 12 hours. For instance, if you
take a tablet at 8 o’clock in the morning, you should take your next
tablet at 8 o’clock in the evening.

If you take more OxyContin tablets than you should or if
someone accidentally swallows your tablets
Call your doctor or hospital straight away. People who have taken
an overdose may feel very sleepy, sick or dizzy, or have
hallucinations. They may also have breathing difficulties leading to
unconsciousness or even death and may need emergency
treatment in hospital. When seeking medical attention make sure
that you take this leaflet and any remaining tablets with you to show
to the doctor.
If you forget to take your OxyContin tablets
If you remember within 4 hours of the time your tablet was due, take
your tablet straight away. Take your next tablet at your normal time.
If you are more than 4 hours late, please call your doctor or
pharmacist for advice. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten tablet.

5. How to store OxyContin tablets


KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.



Accidental overdose by a child is dangerous and may be fatal.



Do not store above 25°C.



Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton label or
blister strip.



If your doctor tells you to stop using the medicine, please take it
back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the
medicine if your doctor tells you to.



If the medicine becomes discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist
who will tell you what to do.



Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

If you stop taking OxyContin tablets
You should not suddenly stop taking these tablets unless your
doctor tells you to. If you want to stop taking your tablets, discuss
this with your doctor first. They will tell you how to do this, usually
by reducing the dose gradually so you do not experience
unpleasant effects. Withdrawal symptoms such as agitation,
anxiety, palpitations, shaking or sweating may occur if you suddenly
stop taking these tablets.

6. Further Information
What OxyContin tablets contain


OxyContin 10mg tablets- Each film-coated, prolonged release
tablet contains 9mg of the active ingredient, oxydone as 10mg
of oxycodone hydrochloride.



OxyContin 20mg tablets- Each film-coated, prolonged release
tablet contains 18mg of the active ingredient, oxydone as 20mg
of oxycodone hydrochloride.



OxyContin 40mg tablets- Each film-coated, prolonged release
tablet contains 36mg of the active ingredient, oxydone as 40mg
of oxycodone hydrochloride.



OxyContin 80mg tablets- Each film-coated, prolonged release
tablet contains 72mg of the active ingredient, oxydone as 80mg
of oxycodone.



OxyContin tablets also contain the following inactive
ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate,
ammoniomethacrylate copolymer dispersion, povidone, sorbic
acid, stearyl alcohol, talc, triacetin, hypromellose (E464),
macrogol and titanium dioxide (E171).

Common side effects



OxyContin 10mg tablets also contain hydroxypropyl cellulose.

(Probably affecting more than 1 in 100 people taking these tablets)



OxyContin 20mg and 40mg tablets also contain polysorbate 80
and iron oxide (E172).



OxyContin 80mg tablets also contain hydroxypropyl cellulose,
indigo carmine and iron oxide (E172).

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, these tablets can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although serious allergic
reactions are rare. Tell your doctor immediately if you get any
sudden wheeziness, difficulties in breathing, swelling of the eyelids,
face or lips, rash or itching especially those covering your whole
body.
The most serious side effect is a condition where you breathe more
slowly or weakly than expected (respiratory depression).
As with all strong painkillers, there is a risk that you may become
addicted or reliant on these tablets.



Constipation (your doctor can prescribe a laxative to overcome
this problem).



Feeling or being sick (this should normally wear off after a few
days, however your doctor can prescribe an anti-sickness
medicine if it continues to be a problem).

What OxyContin tablets look like and contents of the pack


Drowsiness (this is most likely when you start taking your
tablets or when your dose is increased, but it should wear off
after a few days).

OxyContin 10mg tablets are white tablet with a white core
marked ‘10’ on one side and ‘OC’ on the other.





OxyContin 20mg tablets are round pink tablet with a white core
marked ‘20’ on one side and ‘OC’ on the other.

Dry mouth, loss of appetite, indigestion, abdominal pain or
discomfort, diarrhoea.





OxyContin 40mg tablets are round yellow tablet with a white
core marked ‘40’ on one side and ‘OC’ on the other’.

Headache, confusion, a feeling of unusual weakness, dizziness,
anxiety, nervousness, twitching, difficulty in sleeping, abnormal
thoughts or dreams.



OxyContin 80mg tablets are round green tablet with a white
core marked ‘80’ on one side and ‘OC’ on the other’



Difficulty in breathing or wheezing, shortness of breath,
decreased cough reflex.



OxyContin tablets are available as blister packs of 28 or 56
tablets.



Rash, itchy skin.



 Sweating, chills.
Uncommon side effects
(Probably affecting fewer than 1 in 100 people taking these tablets)


Difficulty in swallowing, belching, hiccups, wind, gastrointestinal
disorders (e.g. upset stomach), changes in taste, tooth decay.



A blockage in the flow of bile from the liver (cholestasis). This
can cause itchy skin, yellow skin, very dark urine and very pale
stools.



A feeling of dizziness or ‘spinning’, a feeling of ‘faintness’
especially on standing up, hallucinations, mood changes,
depression, a feeling of extreme happiness, restlessness,
agitation, generally feeling unwell, loss of memory, shaking,
difficulties with speech, reduced sensitivity to pain or touch,
tingling or numbness, seizures, fits or convulsions, blurred
vision.



Difficulty in passing urine, impotence, decreased sexual drive,
absence of menstrual periods.



Fast, irregular heart beat, low blood pressure, flushing of the
skin.



Dehydration, thirst, swelling of the hands, ankles or feet.



Dry skin, severe flaking or peeling of the skin.



Redness of the face, reduction in size of the pupils in the eye,
muscle spasm, high temperature.



A need to take increasingly higher doses to obtain the same
level of pain relief (tolerance).

Uncommonly, these tablets may affect the results of blood tests to
check that your liver is working properly.
You may see the remains of the tablets in your faeces. This should
not affect how the tablets work.
If any of the side effects become serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

Product Licence holder
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product
Licence holder: S&M Medical Ltd, Chemilines House,
Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.
Manufacturer
This product is manufactured by Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd,
Cambridge Science Park, Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 0GW U.K.
POM

PL No. 19488/1112 OxyContin 10mg tablets
PL No. 19488/1113 OxyContin 20mg tablets
PL No. 19488/1114 OxyContin 40mg tablets

PL No. 19488/1115 OxyContin 80mg tablets
Leaflet revision date: 17 July 2012
® OxyContin is a registered trade mark of Napp Pharmaceutical
Holdings Limited
S1112-15 LEAFLET Oxycontin 20120717

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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