Showing all 8 results

Showing all 8 results

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication popularly known as a narcotic. The use of Oxycodone is in the treatment of moderate to severe pain.

The extended-release design of Oxycodone is for around-the-clock treatment of pain, and one should not use it on an as-needed basis for pain. It is available in immediate-release and controlled-release formulations.

It is usually present in oral form. Its combination products are available with paracetamol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen, naloxone, and aspirin.

What are the uses of Oxycodone?

The use of this medication is to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid analgesics.

One should use this drug’s higher strengths only if one has been regularly taking moderate to large amounts of opioid pain medication. These drugs may cause overdose or death if someone who has not been regularly taking opioids takes this medicine.

Do not use the ER form of Oxycodone to relieve mild pain or the pain that will go away in few days. It is not for an occasional or as-needed basis.

How does Oxycodone work?

This medicine’s primary work is to manage moderate to severe acute or chronic pain when other treatments are insufficient.

It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.

It may improve the quality of life in certain types of pain. It is still unclear if use in chronic pain improves the quality of life or ongoing pain relief.

What to know before using Oxycodone?

If you are allergic to the following, then don’t use Oxycodone:

  • Asthma (severe) or breathing problems
  • A blockage in your stomach or intestines

If you are using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant of it, you should not use it. In case of usage of MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, don’t use this medicine. MAO inhibitor includes isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.

Don’t use the medicine if you have received a methylene blue injection.

Most brands of Oxycodone are yet to approve for use in people under the age of 18. Please do not give it to a child younger than 11 years of age.

To make sure the medicine is safe, prior inform your doctor if you have:

  • Breathing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • A head injury or seizures
  • Brain tumor
  • Drugs or alcohol addiction
  • Mental illness
  • Lung disease
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Adrenal disease
  • Urination problem
  • Problem with gallbladder or pancreas

There are fair chances of your baby becoming dependent upon the drug if you are using this medicine while you are pregnant. It can lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after delivery. An opioid-dependent baby may need medical treatment for several weeks. Inform the doctor about your pregnancy or your plan to be pregnant before using the medication.

In case you become pregnant while taking Oxycodone, then talk to your doctor before suddenly stopping the medication. You may need to decrease your intake of medicine gradually.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding prior to using Oxycodone because Oxycodone can pass into breast milk and cause drowsiness or breathing problems in a nursing baby.

Oxycodone dosage

Take Oxycodone according to the prescription. Follow the prescription level directions and read all medication guidelines. Tell your doctor if you feel an increase in the urge to take more Oxycodone.

Never share this medicine with someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.

Stop taking any other narcotic medicine when you start taking Oxycodone ER.

Always make sure to consume this medicine with food.

Swallow the whole capsule or tablet to avoid exposure to a possibly fatal overdose. Do not crush, break, open, chew or, diffuse.

Never crush or smash an Oxycodone pill to intake the powder or mix it into a liquid to inject the drug into your vein because this may lead to death.

Use the provided dosing syringe to measure the liquid medicine or use a medicine dose-measuring device.

Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Consult your doctor’s instructions after gradually decreasing your dose.

Try not to keep leftover opioid medication. One dose can cause death if someone is using this medicine accidentally or improperly.

Oxycodone side effects

The significant signs of an allergic reaction to Oxycodone are hives; difficulty in breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

This medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and sudden death may occur. Your attendant should seek emergency medical attention if you suffer from slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or hard to wake up.

Call for medical attention if you have:

  • Noisy breathing, shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep.
  • A slow heart rate
  • Weak pulse
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • A light-headed feeling like you might faint.
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior
  • Seizures
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness, worsening tiredness, or weakness.

Seek medical attention if you found serotonin syndrome symptoms, such as agitation, confusion, fever, sweating, rapid heart rate, chest pain, feeling short of breath, muscle stiffness, trouble in walking, or faint feeling.

Serious side effects are more likely to occur in older adults who are malnourished and debilitated.

Long term medication may affect fertility in men or women. However, it is still unknown whether opioid effects on fertility are permanent.

Common oxycodone side effects include:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness
  • Headache
  • Constipation, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting
  • Itching, red eyes, or flushing