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What is oxycodone hydrochloride?

Oxycodone hydrochloride is a narcotic analgesic medication similar to morphine that is taken day and night when continuous long term pain relief is indicated. It is known by the brand name Oxycontin and comes in a time released tablet form. This medication is not used for mild short term pain or on an as needed basis. Oxycodone hydrochloride is typically not prescribed for pain following surgery, but can be used if you were taking it beforehand. Oxycodone Hydrochloride works by acting on the central nervous system to block moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone hydrochloride is available by prescription only.

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