Instructions for use of the drug Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opiate that binds primarily to the mu opioid receptor to relieve pain.
Oxycodone is available in the form of tablets or medicine. The dosage depends on the form of oxycodone. Oxycodone is available in several forms and combinations:
- OxyContin® tablets controlling pain relief
- OxyFast® oral medicine
- OxyIR® capsule having a fast analgesic effect
- Percocet® (with acetaminophen)
- Percodan® (aspirin)
- Percolone® tablets
- Roxicodone® tablets
Side effects Oxycodone
- Mild headache and dizziness
- Lethargy or drowsiness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in mood
Oxycodone can cause respiratory depression. This can lead to a potentially dangerous slowing of a patient’s breathing.
Oxycodone can cause dependence in patients, which manifests itself in the form of psychological and physiological symptoms after stopping treatment. In addition, if prolonged use may develop drug resistance, which will require higher doses to achieve the analgesic effect.
Alcohol can intensify the effect of oxycodone on mental capacity and emotional state, causing, for example, drowsiness and mood swings. Patients should avoid alcohol consumption while taking oxycodone.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use oxycodone if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe asthma or breathing problems; or
- a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
You should not use this medicine unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it.
Most brands of oxycodone are not approved for use in people under 18. OxyContin should not be given to a child younger than 11 years old.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- a history of head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
- a history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
- urination problems;
- liver or kidney disease;
- problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid; or
- if you use a sedative like Valium (diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Tranxene, Versed, Xanax, and others).