OxyContin Overview

OxyContin (generic: oxycodone) is a prescription medication used to treat severe, around-the-clock pain that is expected to last a long time. OxyContin belongs to a group of drugs called opioids which work by stopping pain signals made in the brain.

This medication comes in an extended-release tablet form and is usually taken twice daily. It can be taken with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, taking it with food may help.

Common side effects of OxyContin include constipation, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how OxyContin affects you.