Over much of the past decade, the official word on OxyContin was that it rarely posed problems of addiction for patients. The label on the drug.
If it was only the latter, limiting prescriptions might have little direct effect on the problem and could penalize pain sufferers.
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Academic and industry articles dismissed the old fears as “opiophobia.”. State medical boards made their rules for prescribing opioids more liberal. These, in turn, were accepted by the FDA and the nation’s medical journals. Their studies reported minimal risks of addiction and dependence.
Other trials have reported that significant numbers of pain patients are addicted.
OXYCONTIN (Oxycodone) drug information & product resources from MPR including dosage information, educational materials, & patient assistance.
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Management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term analgesia for which alternative opioid therapies are inadequate.
Acute or severe bronchial asthma in an unmonitored setting or in the absence of resuscitative equipment. Known or suspected paralytic ileus or GI obstruction. Significant respiratory depression.
Abuse potential (monitor routinely). Avoid abrupt cessation. Difficulty swallowing. within the first 24–72hrs of initiating therapy and after dose increases); consider alternative non-opioid analgesics.