24.11 Oxycodone (OxyContin)

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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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