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
® • considering your personal or family history of
Loss of consciousness
Death How can I take this medicine safely?
• 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
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.