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OXYCONTIN 15 MG PROLONGED RELEASE TABLETS
Active substance(s): OXYCODONE HYDROCHLORIDE / OXYCODONE HYDROCHLORIDE / OXYCODONE HYDROCHLORIDE
OXYCONTIN 15mg PROLONGED-RELEASE TABLETS
OXYCONTIN 30mg PROLONGED-RELEASE TABLETS
OXYCONTIN 60mg PROLONGED-RELEASE TABLETS
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you
only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the
same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
The name of your product is OXYCONTIN®
15mg, 30mg or 60mg PROLONGED-RELEASE
TABLETS, but it will be referred as Oxycontin
tablets throughout this leaflet. Please note that
this leaflet also contains information about other
strengths such as, OXYCONTIN®
5mg,10mg,20mg, 40mg, 80mg, and 120mg
In this leaflet:
1. What Oxycontin tablets are and what they
are used for
2. What you need to know before you take
3. Possible side effects
4. How to store Oxycontin tablets
5. Contents of the pack and other information
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 ‘painkillers’.
2. What you need to know 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
(listed in section 6);
have breathing problems, such as severe
chronic obstructive lung disease, severe
bronchial asthma or severe 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 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 moderate to severe liver problems. If
you have other long-term liver problems you
should only take these tablets if
recommended by your doctor ;
have ongoing problems with constipation;
are under 18 years of age.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
these tablets if you:
are elderly or weakened;
have an under-active thyroid gland
(hypothyroidism), as you may need a lower
have myxoedema (a thyroid disorder with
dryness, coldness and swelling [‘puffiness’] of
the skin affecting the face and limbs);
have a head injury, severe headache or feel
sick as this may indicate that the pressure in
your skull is increased;
have low blood pressure (hypotension);
have low blood volume (hypovolaemia); this
can happen with severe external or internal
bleeding, severe burns, excessive sweating,
severe diarrhoea or vomiting;
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
have problems with your gall bladder or bile
have inflammatory bowel disease;
have an enlarged prostate gland, which
causes difficulty in passing urine (in men);
have poor adrenal gland function (your
adrenal gland is not working properly which
may cause symptoms including weakness,
weight loss, dizziness, feeling or being
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 kidney or liver problems;
have previously suffered from withdrawal
symptoms such as agitation, anxiety, shaking
or sweating, upon stopping taking alcohol or
are or have ever been addicted to alcohol or
drugs or have a known opioid dependence;
have an increased sensitivity to pain;
need to take increasingly higher doses of
Oxycontin to gain the same level of pain relief
If you are going to have an operation, please tell
the doctor at the hospital that you are taking
medicines to treat psychiatric or mental
disorders (such as phenothiazines or
other strong analgesics (‘painkillers’);
medicines to treat high blood pressure;
quinidine (a medicine to treat a fast
cimetidine (a medicine for stomach ulcers,
indigestion or heartburn);
antifungal medicines (such as ketoconazole,
voriconazole, itraconazole and
antibiotics (such as clarithromycin,
erythromycin or telithromycin);
medicines known as ‘protease inhibitors’ to
treat HIV (e.g. boceprevir, ritonavir, indinavir,
nelfinavir or saquinavir);
rifampicin (to treat tuberculosis);
carbamazepine (a medicine to treat seizures,
fits or convulsions and certain pain
phenytoin (a medicine to treat seizures, fits or
a herbal remedy called St. John’s Wort (also
known as Hypericum perforatum).
medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease.
Also tell your doctor if you have recently been
given an anaesthetic.
Other medicines and Oxycontin
You should avoid drinking grapefruit juice
during your treatment with this medicine.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking have recently taken or might take 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.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
a type of medicine known as a monoamine
oxidase inhibitor or you have taken this type
of medicine in the last two weeks;
medicines to help you sleep or stay calm (for
example tranquillisers, hypnotics or
medicines to treat depression (such as
Taking Oxycontin tablets with food, drink
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
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take these tablets if you are pregnant or
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
This defence applies when:
The medicine has been prescribed to
treat a medical or dental problem; and
You have taken it according to the
instructions given by the prescriber and
in the information provided with the
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
Oxycontin tablets contain lactose
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 10mg 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.
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
Children and adolescents under 18 years of age
should not take the tablets.
Patients with kidney or liver problems
Please tell your doctor if you suffer from kidney or
liver problems as they may prescribe a lower
dose depending on your condition.
If you take more Oxycontin tablets than you
should or if someone accidentally swallows
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.
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 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).Tell your doctor
immediately if this happens to you.
As with all strong painkillers, there is a risk that
you may become addicted or reliant on these
Very common side effects
(May affect more than 1 in 10 people)
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).
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
Common side effects
(May affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Dry mouth, loss of appetite, indigestion,
abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhoea.
Confusion, depression, a feeling of unusual
weakness, shaking, lack of energy, tiredness,
anxiety, nervousness, difficulty in sleeping,
abnormal thoughts or dreams.
Difficulty in breathing or wheezing, shortness
of breath, decreased cough reflex.
Uncommon side effects
(May affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Difficulty in swallowing, belching, hiccups,
wind, a condition where the bowel does not
work properly (ileus), inflammation of the
stomach, changes in taste.
A feeling of dizziness or ‘spinning’,
hallucinations, mood changes, unpleasant or
uncomfortable mood, a feeling of extreme
happiness, restlessness, agitation, generally
feeling unwell, loss of memory, difficulty in
speaking, reduced sensitivity to pain or touch,
tingling or numbness, seizures, fits or
convulsions, blurred vision, fainting, unusual
muscle stiffness or slackness, involuntary
Difficulty in passing urine, impotence,
decreased sexual drive, low levels of sex
hormones in the blood (‘hypogonadism’, seen
in a blood test).
Fast, irregular heart beat, flushing of the skin.
Dehydration, thirst, chills, 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
A need to take increasingly higher doses of
the tablets to obtain the same level of pain
Colicky abdominal pain or discomfort.
A worsening of liver function tests (seen in a
Rare side effects
(May affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
Low blood pressure.
A feeling of ‘faintness’ especially on
Hives (nettle rash).
Frequency not known
(Frequency cannot be estimated from the
An increased sensitivity to pain.
Absence of menstrual periods.
A blockage in the flow of bile from the liver
(cholestasis). This can cause itchy skin,
yellow skin, very dark urine and very pale
Long-term use of Oxycontin during
pregnancy may cause life-threatening
withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
Symptoms to look for in the baby include
irritability, hyperactivity and abnormal sleep
pattern, high pitched cry, shaking, being sick,
diarrhoea and not putting on weight.
You may see the remains of the tablets in your
faeces. This should not affect how the tablets
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: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
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 sight and reach of children.
Do not use any tablets after the expiry date
which is stated on the blister and carton.
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.
If the tablets become discolored or show
signs of any deterioration, you should seek
the advice of your pharmacist who will advise
you what to do.
These measures will help to protect the
6. Contents of the pack and other
What Oxycontin tablets contains
Each Oxycontin 15mg Prolonged-release
Tablet contains 13.5mg of oxycodone as
15mg oxycodone hydrochloride
Each Oxycontin 30mg Prolonged-release
Tablet contains 27mg of oxycodone as 30mg
Each Oxycontin 60mg Prolonged-release
Tablet contains 54mg of oxycodone as 60mg
The other ingredients are: lactose
monohydrate, magnesium stearate, ammonio
methacrylate copolymer type b, povidone,
stearyl alcohol, talc, triacetin, hypromellose,
macrogol, iron oxide (E172) and titanium
In addition, the tablet coatings contain the
30mg and 60mg – polysorbate 80 (E433)
What Oxycontin tablets look like and the
contents of the pack
Oxycontin 15mg Prolonged-release Tablets
are grey round, bi-convex, round, convex
film-coated tablets marked ‘OC’ on one side
and ‘15’ on the other side.
Oxycontin 30mg Prolonged-release Tablets
are brown, round, convex film-coated tablets
marked with ‘OC’ on one side and ‘30’ on the
Oxycontin 60mg Prolonged-release Tablets
are red, round, convex film-coated tablets
marked with ‘OC’ on one side and ‘60’ on the
Oxycontin tablets are available as blister packs of
28 or 56 tablets.
Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Cambridge Science
Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0GW, UK.
Procured from within the EU and
repackaged by the Product Licence holder:
B&S Healthcare, Unit 4, Bradfield Road, Ruislip,
OXYCONTIN® 15mg PROLONGED-RELEASE
OXYCONTIN® 30mg PROLONGED-RELEASE
OXYCONTIN® 60mg PROLONGED-RELEASE
Leaflet date: 23.02.2016
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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