Thursday December 18th 2014

How is OxyContin prescribed?

How is OxyContin prescribed?

OxyContin is one of the most popular prescription pain medications on the U.S. market. OxyContin is available only as a prescription medicine and cannot be obtained over-the-counter. More on how OxyContin is prescribed, OxyContin prescription costs and OxyContin prescription dosage here. We invite your questions about OxyContin prescriptions at the end.

What do doctors prescribe OxyContin for?

OxyContin is a powerful narcotic prescription drug used to help control moderate to severe pain. The main ingredient in OxyContin, oxycodone, works by modifying the way the body and brain perceive pain. Oxycodone interacts with the opioid receptors of the central nervous system and in addition to pain relief, can also cause feelings of euphoria, a feeling of intense well-being. Can you get high OxyContin?  Yes.  This is why OxyContin prescriptions are monitored by doctors – Because OxyContin is good at getting people high, it comes with the risk of OxyContin overdose amount as little as 40 mg at once.

OxyContin prescription dosage

Your OxyContin prescription dosage will vary based on your previous exposure to narcotics. Patients usually start out on 10 mg tablets. However, OxyContin is also available in doses of 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg. The higher doses of OxyContin can only be tolerated by someone with a history of OxyContin use, and could be dangerous or even deadly to someone who hasn’t taken OxyContin before.

OxyContin prescription cost

An OxyContin prescription will vary in cost depending on your insurance coverage. OxyContin can be very expensive – the stronger formulations can run into hundreds of dollars a month. The weaker formulas aren’t as expensive, although it can still be around $100 without insurance. The generic versions of OxyContin tend to be much more affordable, between $20-50 without insurance.

Can you get OxyContin over the counter?

No. OxyContin is available by prescription only. Why? Because OxyContin is addictive, and only prescribed to people experiencing pain which can’t be helped by over-the-counter medication.

Signs of OxyContin prescription drug abuse

If you feel high when you take OxyContin, you can easily become addicted to the oxycodone contained in OxyContin. You should know that OxyContin show up urine test as an opioid, and can be detected by most standard drug screen panels.  An addiction to OxyContin causes a psychological compulsion to seek out the drug, even when drug use has a negative effect on your personal or professional life. However, if you use OxyContin to help manage pain, you can develop a tolerance and dependence on the medication, and be unable to stop taking it abruptly. This type of physical dependence, however, is not the same as an addiction. Signs OxyContin abuse include the use of OxyContin:

  • for the experience or euphoric feelings elicited
  • in a way other than as prescribed (more frequently, higher doses)
  • without a prescription

OxyContin prescription questions

Do you still have questions about OxyContin prescriptions? Please leave them here. We are happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly. If we do not know the answer to your particular question, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: Toxnet: Oxycodone
PubMed Health: Oxycodone
DailyMed: OxyContin
NIDA Research Reports: What is prescription drug abuse

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4 Responses to “How is OxyContin prescribed?
william jr.
10:48 am October 24th, 2014

Hello,
I am a disabled veteran who takes 30mg of oxycontin/day to treat my chronic pain. When I first started using oxcontin it worked great. My pain level decreased a lot and also had unwanted side effects (false sense of well being). I’ve been taking this dosage for about 8 months. The decrease in my pain level started getting less and less after 3 or 4 months. I assume my body is building up a tolerence to oxycontin. Could you please explain what is meant by tolerence? Is it that my body is just getting used to this amount of oxycontin and it no longer works at this dosage. How do I become non-tolerant? Should I just stop for a while. The pain level will certainly increase with no opiates.
I asked my primary care doctor for a increase in dosage to 40mg and he denied my request. I am looking into a Medtronic baclofen/pain device.
Thank You So Much,
Bill H.
disabled veteran
USA

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
3:15 pm October 27th, 2014

Hello Mr. William. Becoming tolerant to a certain dose of a medication you are taking is an expected thing. Tolerance means that your body is becoming accustomed to the current dosage you are taking and slowly becomes less effective. So, as time passes you’ll be getting less pain relief, because the drug simply can’t produce the same effects it gave in the beginning.

A solution for pain relief is upping doses, which is what you requested. Unfortunatley, the only way to lower your tolerance level is to taper doses down. As you take smaller doses, you body will be getting used to them, so when you go up to 30mg again, it will have better effects.

Olivia
2:59 am November 26th, 2014

Hello. My mother has recently had foot surgery and the doctors prescribed her OxyContin to help with pain. I was wondering how long the doctors can keep her on the drug. If it is so addictive then there must be a limit to how long someone can stay on a drug.

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:27 am November 26th, 2014

Hi Olivia. I am so sorry your mother is in pain. I guess the doctors put her on OxyContin to make the post-op period and healing more comfortable. I believe she won’t be on it for too long. However, she should only take it as prescribed-this way she can avoid most unwanted consequences.

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