Oxycontin is a potent narcotic used in the management of moderate to severe pain for an extended period. You mustn’t drink alcohol while taking narcotics due to an increased risk of severe respiratory depression. Avoid Oxycontin if you have had a recent episode of asthma exacerbation or if you have a current bowel obstruction. Do not stop using OxyContin suddenly after long-term use, and reduce your dose gradually to avoid withdrawal reactions. Take the whole tablet and do not crush, chew, or break the tablet it’s designed for extended-release use. Concomitant use of alcohol or other narcotics may be fatal. Go to the hospital emergency department if you experience difficulty breathing or severe weakness.