It belongs to a specific class of drugs called opioid analgesics. Working in the brain it changes the way a person's body responds and feels pain.
Oxycodone is also called a narcotic sometimes. This medicine should be taken by mouth just as prescribed by your doctor. But, if you have nausea, it is recommended to take it with food.
To know more about nausea and other ways of decreasing it, ask your doctor or pharmacist (like laying down for 1 or 2 hours with very little head movement after taking medicine). Never break, crush, open, or dissolve the tablet before taking it.
Swallow this medicine as a whole with plenty of water. Never use a feeding tube for taking this medicine. Do avoid drinking or eating grapefruit juice or grapefruit products while taking this medicine unless you are recommended by your pharmacist or doctor.
Your dosage will be given by your doctor based on your medical condition and response to the medicine. Never decrease or increase the dosage given by your doctor. Use it only as long as it is prescribed and in the same dosage.
How to use oxycodone to treat moderate to severe pain.
And stop the medicine when it is directed to. Pain medications like oxycodone work best when they are used at the first signs of pain. If you consider waiting till the pain has worsened, the medicine might not work as effectively as it is supposed to.
Oxycodone should not be used by someone who has severe breathing problems or asthma, or a blockage in the intestine or stomach. Misusing oxycodone and other opioid medicines can lead to overdose, addiction, or death.
Remember to store this medicine in a place where it cannot be reached by anyone, especially kids. Using oxycodone during pregnancy can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn.
How important to take oxycodone as prescribed by your doctor.
Using oxycodone pills can slow down or stop a person's breathing. The chances of this situation are high in ill or elderly patients, but it can occur to anyone using the medicine. In order to make sure that oxycodone is safe for you, let your doctor know if you have or ever had the below-given conditions,
- Urination problems
- Breathing problems
- Sleep apnea
- Lung disease
- Thyroid disorder
- Adrenal disease (such as Addison's disease)
- Problems with your gallbladder or pancreas.
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Mental illness
- Liver or kidney disease
Using this medicine during pregnancy might make your baby become dependent on this drug. Therefore, the newborn baby might need medical treatment for a few weeks. And the baby becomes dependent on the drug and experiences withdrawal symptoms.
Do follow all the directions on your prescription label and medication guide carefully. It is ideal to let your doctor know if you feel an increased urge to take more of this medicine. Never keep it in the reach of or share oxycodone with anyone, especially with those with a history of drug addiction or abuse. Make sure to keep it in a place where nobody can reach it. Also giving away or selling opioid medicines is against the law.
If you are suffering from ongoing pain (like due to cancer), your doctor may recommend you to take long-acting opioid medications. In a situation like this, oxycodone might be used for sudden (breakthrough) pain only as required. This medication can be prescribed in a combination with other pain relievers. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for using this medicine safely with other drugs.
Here are some of the common side effects of using oxycodone
- Stomach pain
- Red eyes