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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Oxycontin
Oxycontin Side Effects [posted 7/30/98]
Answer: Oxycontin is a long acting oxycodone. This is a time release narcotic - released over 8-12 hours. The side effects would be the same as any narcotic: drowsiness, constipation, blurred vision, decreased mentation, urinary retention, occasionally urticaria.
Long Term Use of Oxycontin [posted 7/17/98]
Answer: We have no current evidence of any liver toxicity in the long term with this combination of drugs. However, any narcotic will eventually develop some tolerance as the bodies metabolic machine gets more efficient at destroying it. Necessitating higher doses to achieve the same effect. Ativan and oxycodone are both addicting drugs and should not be stopped "cold turkey".