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OxyContin Tablets 5-80mg PIL
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460x148mm (LSN-NAPP-02) V1

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
OxyContin® 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg,
40 mg and 80 mg
prolonged release tablets
Oxycodone hydrochloride
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.

In this leaflet:
1. What OxyContin tablets are and what
they are used for
2. Before you take OxyContin tablets
3. How to take OxyContin tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store OxyContin tablets
6. Further information

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

2. Before you take OxyContin
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
• 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

• have ongoing problems with
• 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.
If you are going to have an operation,
please tell the doctor at the hospital that
you are taking these tablets.
Take special care with OxyContin
Before treatment with these tablets tell
your doctor or pharmacist if you:
• 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
• 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;
• have inflammatory bowel disease;
• have prostate problems;
• 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);
• 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.
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

• medicines to treat depression;
• medicines to treat psychiatric
or mental disorders (such as
phenothiazines or neuroleptic drugs);
• other strong analgesics or painkillers;
• muscle relaxants;
• medicines to treat high blood
• quinidine (a medicine to treat a fast
heart beat);
• cimetidine (a medicine for stomach
ulcers, indigestion or heartburn);
• antifungal medicines (such as
ketoconazole or voriconazole);
• antibiotics (such as erythromycin).
Also tell your doctor if you have
recently been given an anaesthetic.
Taking OxyContin tablets with alcohol
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.
This medicine can affect your ability to
drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.
• Do not drive while taking this
medicine until you know how it
affects you.
• It is an offence to drive while you
have this medicine in your body
over a specified limit unless you
have a defence (called the ‘statutory
• This defence applies when:
•  he medicine has been prescribed
to treat a medical or dental problem;
•  ou have taken it according to the
instructions given by the prescriber
and in the information provided
with the medicine.
• Please note that it is still an offence to
drive if you are unfit because of the
medicine (i.e. your ability to drive is
being affected).
Details regarding a new driving offence
concerning driving after drugs have been
taken in the UK may be found here:

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you
are not sure whether it is safe for you to
drive while taking this medicine.
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.
Do not exceed the dose recommended by
your doctor. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Swallow your tablets whole with water.
Do not crush, dissolve or chew them.

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

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If you forget to take your OxyContin
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.
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.
If you have any further questions on the
use of this medicine, ask your doctor or
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

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
Common side effects
itchy skin, yellow skin, very dark
(Probably affecting more than 1 in 100
urine and very pale stools.
people taking these tablets)
• A feeling of dizziness or ‘spinning’,
• Constipation (your doctor can
a feeling of ‘faintness’ especially on
prescribe a laxative to overcome this
standing up, hallucinations, mood
changes, depression, a feeling of
• Feeling or being sick (this should
extreme happiness, restlessness,
normally wear off after a few days,
agitation, generally feeling unwell,
however your doctor can prescribe an
loss of memory, shaking, difficulties
anti-sickness medicine if it continues
with speech, reduced sensitivity to
to be a problem).
pain or touch, tingling or numbness,
• Drowsiness (this is most likely when
seizures, fits or convulsions, blurred
you start taking your tablets or when
your dose is increased, but it should
• Difficulty in passing urine,
wear off after a few days).
impotence, decreased sexual drive,
• Dry mouth, loss of appetite,
absence of menstrual periods.
indigestion, abdominal pain or
• Fast, irregular heart beat, low blood
discomfort, diarrhoea.
pressure, flushing of the skin.
• Headache, confusion, a feeling of
• Dehydration, thirst, swelling of the
unusual weakness, dizziness, anxiety,
hands, ankles or feet.
nervousness, twitching, difficulty in
• Dry skin, severe flaking or peeling of
sleeping, abnormal thoughts or dreams.
the skin.
• Difficulty in breathing or wheezing,
• Redness of the face, reduction in
shortness of breath, decreased cough
size of the pupils in the eye, muscle
spasm, high temperature.
• Rash, itchy skin.
• A need to take increasingly higher
• Sweating, chills.
doses to obtain the same level of pain
relief (tolerance).
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.

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.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to
your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety
of this medicine.
5. How to store OxyContin tablets
Keep out of the reach and sight of
children. Accidental overdose by a child
is dangerous and may be fatal.
Do not use any tablets after the expiry
date which is stated on the blister and
carton. EXP 08 2020 means that you
should not take the tablets after the last
day of that month i.e. August 2020.
Do not store your tablets above 25ºC.
Do not take your tablets if they are
broken or crushed as this can be
dangerous and can cause serious
problems such as overdose.

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.
6. Further information
What OxyContin tablets contain
The active ingredient is oxycodone
hydrochloride. Each tablet contains 5 mg,
10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg or 80 mg of oxycodone
The other ingredients are:
• Lactose monohydrate
• Povidone
• Ammoniomethacrylate polymer
• Sorbic acid
• Triacetin
• Stearyl alcohol
• Talc
• Magnesium stearate
• Hypromellose (E464)
• Titanium dioxide (E171)
• Macrogol
In addition, the tablet coatings contain the
5 mg - brilliant blue (E133)
10 mg – hydroxypropylcellulose
20 mg and 40 mg - polysorbate 80 (E433),
and iron oxide (E172)
80 mg - hydroxypropylcellulose, iron oxide
(E172), and indigo carmine (E132)

What OxyContin tablets look like
and the contents of the pack
The tablets are marked OC on one
side and the strength on the other
(5, 10, etc). All strengths are round,
bi-convex, film coated tablets.
The tablets are all film coated in the
following colours:
5 mg - light blue, 10 mg - white,
20 mg - pink, 40 mg - yellow,
80 mg - green.
In each box there are 28 or 56 tablets.

Marketing Authorisation Holder
and Manufacturer
The tablets are made by
Bard Pharmaceuticals Limited for
the marketing authorisation holder
Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited,
both at Cambridge Science Park,
Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0GW,

This leaflet is also available in large print, Braille or as
an audio CD. To request a copy, please call the RNIB
Medicine Information line (free of charge) on:

0800 198 5000
You will need to give details of the product name and
reference number. These are as follows:
Product name: OxyContin
Reference number: 16950/0123
This leaflet was last revised in January 2014.
OxyContin tablets are protected by European Patent (UK) Nos 0576643,
1325746, 1438959 and 1502592.
® OxyContin, NAPP and the NAPP device (logo) are
Registered Trade Marks.
© 2009-2014 Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited

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