Adverse Effects Can Include:
- Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression
- Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
- Dangerous Drug Interactions with Central Nervous System Depressants
- Higher health Risks in Elderly, Cachectic and Debilitated Patients
or those with Chronic Pulmonary Disease.
- Hypotensive Effects (Elevated blood pressure)
- Difficulty in Swallowing or other Possibly Harmful Effects to Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions
- Worsening of Convulsive or Seizure Disorders
Oxycontin has a high risk for physical dependence, which eventually, leads to addiction and drug abuse. When taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol, the drug can cause respiratory distress, which is life threatening.
Doctors prescribing Oxycontin should warn chronic pain patients never to change dosages or stop taking an opioid medication without first seeking medical advice. If a specific prescription drug is not working as well as it should, especially after a long-term prescription, your physician may adjust the dosage or try another medication.
When you’re ready to stop taking oxycontin tablets, your doctor may try to help you wean off or refer you to a specialized drug treatment program. If you have taken an opioid medication long term, give your body adequate time to regulate after detox. Otherwise, you may feel extensive uncomfortable symptoms of a withdrawal syndrome.