How To Use This Medicine
Take oxycodone exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these
directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water. Oxycodone can be taken with food or milk
if stomach upset occurs.
Never take more oxycodone than is prescribed for you. Taking too much oxycodone
could result in serious side effects, even death. If your pain is not being
adequately treated, talk to your doctor.
Do not crush, chew, or break controlled-release forms of oxycodone such as Oxycontin.
Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release oxycodone slowly into your
system. Breaking them would cause too much drug to be released into the blood at one time
leading to a potentially fatal dose of oxycodone.
Occasionally, empty Oxycontin tablets may be passed out in the stool. This is not a
problem. The active medication has been absorbed in the body and the empty tablet shell
may appear in the stool.
To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of oxycodone with a
special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not
have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
Do not stop taking oxycodone suddenly if you have been taking it continuously for
more than 5 to 7 days. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms and make
you uncomfortable. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.
Increasing the amount of fiber and water (six to eight full glasses) in your diet may
Do not share this medication with anyone else. Store oxycodone at room temperature
away from moisture and heat and out of the reach of children. When treatment with
oxycodone is no longer needed, any remaining medication should be destroyed by flushing
down the toilet.