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OxyContin, a well-known prescription painkiller, is an extended-release form of oxycodone, designed for long-lasting pain relief, making it useful in managing chronic pain OxyContin is classified as as opioid analgesic. Its introduction in the late 1990s soon revealed a high potential for abuse and addiction. When misused, by methods like crushing and snorting, it bypasses the time-release mechanism, leading to rapid dependency and significant contribution to the opioid crisis.

Contrary to some beliefs, OxyContin is a narcotic and can contribute to addiction if not used properly. It works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking pain and producing euphoria, but misuse or prolonged use can lead to dependence and addiction. The drug’s role in the opioid crisis has been prominent, with misuse leading to severe consequences including overdose and death. Treatment for addiction typically involves medical detox, counselling, and behavioral therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Using OxyContin as Prescribed

In a medical emergency, immediately contact your local medical response team. Opioids, which impact the brain area responsible for regulating breathing, can lead to fatal outcomes. The common indicators of an opioid overdose include pinpoint pupils, unconsciousness, and difficulty in breathing. In the absence of a naloxone kit, continue with rescue breathing until the arrival of emergency services.

Use OxyContin exactly as prescribed, following the directions on the prescription label and medication guides. Avoid using it in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed, and inform your doctor if you feel the need to take more. Do not share this opioid medicine with others, as misuse can lead to addiction, overdose, or death, and it’s illegal to sell or give it away. When starting OxyContin, stop all other around-the-clock opioid pain medicines. Swallow the extended-release tablet whole; do not crush, chew, break, or dissolve it, as this can cause a fatal overdose. Never crush or break the tablet to inhale or inject the drug, which can be deadly. Gradually stop using OxyContin as per your doctor’s guidance to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Store it at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light, and keep track of your medication, as it is a drug of abuse. Dispose of leftover medication responsibly; do not keep it as even one dose can be fatal if used improperly. Use a drug take-back disposal program or, if unavailable, flush the unused medicine down the toilet.

If you miss a dose of OxyContin, which is unlikely since it’s used for pain, skip the missed dose if your next dose is almost due. Never take two doses at once. In case of an overdose, seek emergency medical attention immediately. Overdose can be fatal and symptoms include severe drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, and slow or no breathing. It’s recommended to have naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid overdose, readily available. A caregiver should use naloxone and seek emergency help if you exhibit overdose symptoms.

While using OxyContin, avoid alcohol as it can lead to dangerous effects or death. Be cautious with activities like driving or operating machinery until you understand how oxycodone affects you. Always check your medication’s brand and strength to avoid errors.

Side effects of OxyContin can include allergic reactions, severe breathing problems, and even death. Emergency help is needed if you experience symptoms like slow breathing, blue lips, or difficulty waking up. Immediate medical attention is also required for symptoms like noisy or shallow breathing, slow heart rate, confusion, seizures, low cortisol levels, or high serotonin levels. Older adults and those with certain health conditions may have an increased risk of serious breathing problems. Long-term opioid use may impact fertility, but it’s unclear if this effect is permanent.

Common side effects of OxyContin include drowsiness, headache, dizziness, tiredness, constipation, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.

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Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

Inpatient Rehab

Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

Mental Health

Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

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