What is OxyContin?
OxyContin is the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, an opioid (narcotic) analgesic (pain reliever). OxyContin is a controlled-release oral formulation of oxycodone hydrochloride. It is available by prescription only and is used to treat moderate to severe pain when around-the-clock pain relief is needed for an extended period of time. It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
What are some slang terms?
O.C., Oxycet, Oxycotton, Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin, Percs
What does it look like?
OxyContin is available in tablet form in eight doses: 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg, 160 mg.
How is OxyContin used?
As pain medication, OxyContin is taken every 12 hours because the tablets contain a controlled, time-release formulation of the medication. Most pain medications must be taken every three to six hours. People who misuse OxyContin remove the sustained-release coating to get a rapid release of the medication. When misused, OxyContin tablets are crushed and snorted, chewed, injected or smoked