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Can I use OxyContin if I have a history of breathing problems?

Tell your doctor about any past breathing problems you've had before you take OxyContin (oxycodone). OxyContin is prescribed for moderate to severe pain. One potential downside to using this medication is that it may interfere with healthy breathing. In some cases, this problem could be fatal. After hearing about your history of breathing problems, your doctor may still prescribe OxyContin. However, he or she may need to adjust your dose and will monitor you closely.

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