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24.12 Oxycodone (OxyContin)

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Generic Name

oxycodone

Trade Name

Oxycontin

Indication

pain

Action

binds to opiate receptors in CNS altering the perception and sensation of pain

Therapeutic Class

Opioid Analgesic

Pharmacologic Class

opioid agonists, opioid agonists/nonopioid, analgesic combinations

Nursing Considerations

• may cause respiratory depression, constipation, confusion , sedation, hallucinations, urinary retention
• use caution with increased intracranial pressure
• don’t use with MAOIs
• assess hemodynamics
• assess pain
• may elevate pancreatic enzymes
• can cause physical dependence
• assess bowel function

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