An Overview of Oxycontin
Oxycontin is a brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, an analgesic drug prescribed to patients for moderate to severe pain. Oxycontin refers specifically to the time-release version of the drug as manufactured by Perdue Pharma. The drug is available by prescription only for those requiring long-term pain relief throughout the day.
Oxycontin is not designed to be used “as needed for pain”—instead, users are generally recommended to take one pill every 12 hours. The drug’s controlled-release formula is designed for patients who are unable to take a dose of painkiller once every four hours. Oxycontin tablets come in a variety of sizes, from 10mg up to 160, but the drug is also available in liquid and concentrate form. Tablets over 80mg are available only for patients with a demonstrated history of opioid tolerance.
Chemically, Oxycodone is very similar to codeine as well as hydrocodone (Vicodin). As such, those with allergic reactions to codeine should not take Oxycodone. Patients who are suitable candidates for the drug often find Oxycontin useful in managing pain on the recommendation of a doctor.