Frequently asked questions
What is Xtampza ER?
Xtampza ER is a prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid. It is used to manage pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock treatment.
"ER" stands for "extended release." Extended-release opioids work for a long period of time because the medicine is released slowly in your body.
How should I take Xtampza ER?
Xtampza ER is taken twice daily and MUST be taken with food every 12 hours, at the same time every day. It is important to take each Xtampza ER dose with approximately the same amount of food to make sure the medicine is consistently absorbed.
Call your doctor if the dosage you are taking does not control your pain. Do not stop taking Xtampza ER without talking to your doctor.
What if I dislike or have difficulty swallowing pills?
Xtampza ER can be taken in several ways that do not involve swallowing pills or capsules:
- Sprinkled on soft foods
- Sprinkled in a cup and then directly into mouth
- Taken through feeding tubes
Click here for specific instructions on how you can take Xtampza ER.
If you have difficulty swallowing Xtampza ER capsules or have a preference about how to take your medication, let your doctor know and ask him/her about your options.
Xtampza ER MUST be taken with food.
What should I avoid while taking Xtampza ER?
While taking Xtampza ER, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Xtampza ER affects you. Xtampza ER can make you sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
Do not drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol. Using products containing alcohol during treatment with Xtampza ER may cause you to overdose and die.
Who should not take Xtampza ER?
Do not take Xtampza ER if you have severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems; if you have a bowel blockage, or have narrowing of the stomach or intestines; or if you have hypersensitivity to oxycodone.
What should I tell my doctor before taking Xtampza ER?
Before taking Xtampza ER, tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of head injury, seizures, problems with the liver, kidney, or thyroid, problems urinating, pancreas or gallbladder problems, abuse of street or prescription drugs, alcohol addiction, or mental health problems.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Prolonged use of Xtampza ER during pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms in your newborn baby that could be life-threatening if not recognized and treated. Tell your healthcare provider if you are breastfeeding, as it is not recommended during treatment with Xtampza ER and may harm your baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Taking Xtampza ER with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects that could lead to death.
How can I save on my Xtampza ER prescription?
If you're eligible, you may be able to start saving on your prescription with an Xtampza ER Co-pay Card. If you don't have one yet, visit the Co-pay Card information page to apply for and download your card.*
*See Program Terms, Conditions, and Eligibility Criteria.
Are there any resources available to help me while taking Xtampza ER?
Our Pharmacy Locator Specialists are here to help you find the nearest pharmacies stocking Xtampza ER.
Call 1-888-884-2655 Monday-Friday, 8AM-9PM ET for assistance.