This is my first time being prescribed any narcotic pain meds for my back/neck pain and its 10mg oxycontin 2x/day i have heard bad things about oxy but i want to know if i should be worried? If taken as prescribed and no more it should be safe right? I dont want to get addicted like druggies. Anything i should know/look out for?
OxyContin is a long-acting opioid pain reliever. It is a narcotic and a "controlled substance" in the United States. It comes in extended-release tablets and is approved for treating moderate to severe pain.
OxyContin tablets are specially designed to release the medication continuously over a 12-hour period. This medication contains oxycodone, a narcotic, opioid pain reliever. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects. These effects include (but are not limited to):
Pain relief Cough suppression Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing) Certain changes in the circulatory system Slowing of the digestive tract Release of histamine (which often causes itching) Physical dependence.
OxyContin has a significant potential for both physical and psychological dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, meaning that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication. For instance, you must have a written OxyContin prescription (not a phoned or faxed prescription) in order to legally obtain the drug.
Because it is a very desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. It is readily available and relatively inexpensive (at least in generic form), making it a popular drug of abuse.
Hi jeremey, Narcotic pain meds are safe if one takes them as prescribed. Yet there is a slippery slope, if you start craving more of them, or taking more than prescribed you may be on the slope. I was prescribed OxyContin at the same dose as you, and after years of taking them, I almost let them destroy my life, and I never abused them. AS Rajive said, there is a potential for abuse. And I am no "druggie" as you so eloquently put it ! Wishing you the best, sweetlemon
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