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OxyContin is a brand name for a prescription medication containing the active ingredient oxycodone. Oxycodone is a potent opioid pain reliever used to manage severe pain that requires round-the-clock treatment and for which other pain treatments are inadequate.

OxyContin is an extended-release formulation of oxycodone, meaning it releases the medication slowly and steadily over time, providing long-lasting pain relief. It is often prescribed for chronic pain conditions such as cancer-related pain or severe pain from conditions like severe osteoarthritis or neuropathy.

Due to its potent opioid nature, OxyContin carries a high risk of dependence, tolerance, and addiction, especially when used improperly or for an extended period. It belongs to a class of medications known as Schedule II controlled substances in the United States, meaning it is tightly regulated due to its high potential for abuse and addiction.