Not Medical Advice: Oxycontin is metabolized and eliminated through urine. Half-life refers to the amount of time that it takes for a drug or other substance to be reduced to half its original amount. Since the elimination half-life of Oxycontin is 4.5 hours, we would expect that Oxycontin would pass out of the body through urine in approximately 9 hours.
Oxycontin is a pain reliever prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycontin works because it affects the way the brain and the nervous system respond to pain. There are many side effects associated with the use of Oxycontin. Possible side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, dizziness, headache, tired feeling, dry mouth, sweating or itching. Oxycodone is Oxycontin with acetaminophen added.
In October 2012, Walgreen Co (WAG) filed a lawsuit against the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), asking them to lift a ban that suspended their Jupiter, FL facility from distributing Oxycodone. Walgreen Co alleges that the DEA used “outdated” data to make their decision. The agency has been cracking down on pharmacies and distributors who have high sales rates of the drug, especially in Florida, which is considered to be the “epicenter” of prescription drug abuse.