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How can I minimize the side effects of OxyContin?

You can reduce your risk for side effects from OxyContin by taking the medication only as directed by your doctor and pharmacist. OxyContin is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Side effects include nausea or lightheadedness; if you take too much OxyContin or use it more often than prescribed, you could experience more severe problems, such as breathing difficulty, hallucinations and loss of consciousness. Taking the tablets incorrectly could cause problems, too. You need to swallow them whole. Do not crush or chew them, because that will release all the medication at once, possibly causing a fatal overdose.

You can also lower your risk by giving your doctor a complete medical history before you start taking OxyContin. Tell him or her about all the other medications you use, whether prescription or over-the-counter, as well as dietary supplements and other remedies.

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