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Can I use OxyContin if I have a history of alcoholism?

If you have a history of alcoholism, tell your doctor before you take OxyContin (oxycodone). People with a history of alcoholism have a high risk for becoming addicted to this drug. It's important not to drink alcohol while taking OxyContin because the combination can cause serious side effects, including difficulty breathing and loss of consciousness.

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