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OxyContin (Oxycodone Hydrochloride Controlled-Release) Tablets

Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) – November 2010



Postmarketing Experience
  • The following events have also been reported, potentially due to the swelling and hydrogelling property of the tablet: choking, gagging, regurgitation, tablets stuck in the throat and difficulty swallowing the tablet.


How should I take OxyContin?

In order to reduce the possibility of choking on the tablets or having difficulty swallowing the tablets:

  • OxyContin tablets should be taken one tablet at a time.
  • Do not pre-soak, lick or otherwise wet the tablet prior to placing in your mouth.
  • Take each tablet with enough water to ensure complete swallowing immediately after placing in your mouth.


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