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					                        Even drugs prescribed by your doctor have the             What are common street names?                           is against the law and can be lethal. When this           Where can I get more information?
                        potential for misuse and dependency. Take care            • Oxy                    • OC                           medication is shared with people for whom it is not       Learn more about opioid dependency by visiting:
                        when taking oxycodone-based prescription drugs.           • Oxycotton              • Killer                       intended, there is increased potential for misuse,
                        They are helpful when taken exactly as prescribed         • Kicker                 • Hillbilly heroin             dependency and accidental overdose. When taken            Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM)
                        but can be harmful, or even lethal, if abused.                                                                    as directed by a physician, most patients will not        www.afm.mb.ca
                                                                                                                                          develop a dependency to this drug. However,
                        How can I reduce my risk?                                 What are the symptoms of overdose?                                                                                Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
                                                                                                                                          similar to other opioids, misuse can easily lead to
                        Reduce your risk by:                                      •   Slow breathing       •   Seizures                   dependence and tolerance to oxycodone, requiring          www.ccsa.ca
                        • weighing the benefits – and the risks – before          •   Dizziness            •   Weakness                   more frequent and higher doses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
                          taking the medication                                   •   Confusion            •   Cold and clammy skin



OxyContin
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                    ®   • considering your personal or family history of
                          substance abuse
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                                                                                                               Loss of consciousness
                                                                                                               Death                      How can I take this medicine safely?
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                        • carefully following prescription directions                                                                     • Before using opioid pain medications, discuss the       www.hc-sc.gc.ca
                        • never sharing your prescription medication              How can I tell if I am becoming dependent                 benefits and risks with your health care provider.
   and other            • never taking someone else’s prescription medication     on opioids?                                             • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about your use of       National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
                                                                                                                                            other medications, natural health products, and         www.nida.nih.gov
   oxycodone-based                                                                Tolerance to opioids develops fairly rapidly, making
                        What is Oxycodone? OxyContin®?                                                                                      your use of alcohol and illegal drugs. This will help
   prescription drugs   What is it used for?
                                                                                  higher doses necessary to maintain intensity of
                                                                                                                                            avoid potentially harmful drug interactions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
                                                                                  effects. Most opioids are highly addictive and misuse                                                             Administration (SAMHSA)
                        Oxycodone is an opioid-based prescription drug often      may result in dependence. Once dependency occurs,       • Discuss any concerns you may have about personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.samhsa.gov
                        used as a pain reliever to treat moderate to severe       stopping the drug becomes challenging because of          or family history of substance abuse.
                        short-term and long-term pain, chronic pain, pain         withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms include severe          • Take opioid medication exactly as directed, right       For a list of government-funded addictions
                        related to cancer and other debilitating and terminal     anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, profuse sweating,        dose and right time. Talk to your doctor about          services, please visit:
                        conditions.                                               runny nose and eyes, muscle spasms including              what to do if you miss a dose.                          www.gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/addictions/adult.html
                                                                                  stomach cramps, chills, shivering and tremors. These    • Follow all the directions that may come with your
                        OxyContin® is a semi-synthetic, opioid-class (narcotic)
                                                                                  symptoms can begin to occur four to five hours after      medication, such as not driving and avoiding the
                        pain reliever formulated to release the drug oxycodone
                                                                                  last dose.                                                use of alcohol.
                        over a long period of time. When used as directed,
                                                                                                                                          • Store opioid medication in a safe place and keep
                        OxyContin® is effective and safe.
                                                                                                                                            track of the amount of medication you have.             This information is not intended as a substitute for professional
                        When used outside of a physician’s direction,             If the drug is prescribed, what is the                  • Never share prescription opioid pain medication.        health advice. Every effort was made to ensure accurate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    information at the time of publication.
                        OxyContin® can cause euphoria, (i.e. a high)              harm in sharing it?                                       It is illegal and unsafe.
                        sometimes making it prone to misuse and dependence.       This medication is not to be shared with others. It     • Return any unused medication to the pharmacy for
                        As well, chewing or breaking OxyContin® pills can lead    is prescribed to an individual based on a thorough        safe disposal.
                        to overdose because too much of the drug is released      assessment of medical need. Sharing this medication
                        all at once.

				
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