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S1084 LEAFLET Oxycontin 20141127


OxyContin 5mg tablets
(oxycodone hydrochloride)
Your medicine is known as OxyContin 5mg tablets but will be
referred to as OxyContin tablets throughout the following leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this

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
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:

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

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or

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);

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.

other strong analgesics or painkillers;

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

muscle relaxants;

medicines to treat high blood pressure;

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

cimetidine (a medicine for stomach ulcers, indigestion or

antifungal medicines (such as ketoconazole or voriconazole);

antibiotics (such as erythromycin).

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
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’.

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

2. Before you take OxyContin tablets

Do not take these tablets if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not take OxyContin tablets if you:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

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
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.
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
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

5. How to store 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


Do not store above 25°C.

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

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

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 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 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
The most serious side effect is a condition where you breathe more
slowly or weakly than expected (respiratory depression).

6. Further Information
What OxyContin tablets contain

Each film-coated, prolonged release tablet contains 4.5mg of
the active ingredient, oxydone as 5mg of oxycodone

OxyContin tablets also contain the following inactive
ingredients: lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate,
ammoniomethacrylate copolymer dispersion, povidone K30,
stearyl alcohol, talc, triacetin, hypromellose E464, macrogol
400, titanium dioxide (E171) and brilliant blue (E133).

As with all strong painkillers, there is a risk that you may become
addicted or reliant on these tablets.
Common side effects
(Probably affecting more than 1 in 100 people taking 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).

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What OxyContin tablets look like and contents of the pack

OxyContin 5mg tablets are round, blue film-coated tablet
marked ‘5’ on one side and ‘OC’ on the other

OxyContin tablets are available as blister packs of 28, 30, 56
or 60 tablets.

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


PL No. 19488/1084

Leaflet revision date: 27 November 2014
® OxyContin is a registered trade mark of Napp Pharmaceutical
Holdings Limited.
S1084 LEAFLET Oxycontin 20141127

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