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Can I use OxyContin if I have a history of digestive disease?

You shouldn't take the prescription pain medication OxyContin (oxycodone) if you have certain digestive disorders. In particular, OxyContin can be dangerous if you have an intestinal obstruction -- that is, a blockage in the gastrointestinal tract that prevents its contents from moving through. OxyContin could worsen this problem.

You should also tell your doctor if you have ever had any other digestive disease, especially colon or esophageal cancer.

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