Oxycodone is a common narcotic or opioid medication used to treat mild to severe pain. The generic name is Oxycodone and brand names are Roxicodone, Oxyfast, Oxaydo, Xtampza ER.
Extended release form of Oxycodone is used as a 24 hour treatment for pain. This form of oxycodone cannot be used as, as-needed treatment method for pain.
Some important information
Avoid using oxycodone if you are suffering from breathing problems, severe asthma, or a blockage in intestines or stomach. Oxycodone can stop or slow your breathing, especially when your Oxycodone dose is changed or when you start taking the medication. Do not take this medication in excess or for a long term. Do not break, crush or open Oxycontin (extended-release) pill. Swallow the pill as whole to prevent life threatening complications.
Oxycodone can be addictive even when you take regular doses. Take this medication as prescribed by your doctor. Do not share the medicine with any other person. Misuse of any narcotic drug can lead to overdose, addiction or even death, especially in children or a person who is taking the medication without doctor’s prescription.
Before you start using Oxycodone, make sure you avoid using it, if you are allergic to the medication or if you are suffering from
- breathing problems or severe asthma
- an allergy to narcotic medicines used for pain like Vicodin, Percocet, methadone, morphine, Lortab etc., or if you are allergic to narcotic medicine used to treat cough like hydrocodone, codeine etc.,
- a blockage in intestines or stomach
Avoid using Oxycodone if you are not using similar narcotic medicine already or not tolerant to opioid medication. You can check with your doctor if you are tolerant to opioid medication.
Some drugs may interact with Oxycodone and result in a serious medical condition like serotonin syndrome. Make sure you have already informed your doctor about other medications you are using for mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, depression, serious infections, headaches, prevention of vomiting and nausea. Makes sure you consult your health care provider before making changes to the dose or frequency of this medication.
To know if Oxycodone is safe for you, tell your physician if are suffering from
- any type of lung disease or breathing problem
- urination problems
- a history of seizures, brain tumor or head injury
- kidney or liver disease
- adrenal’s disease or other disorders of adrenal gland
- problems with pancreas, gallbladder or thyroid
- a history of mental illness, alcohol addiction or drug abuse
Is Oxycodone addictive?
Oxycodone is a highly addictive narcotic drug. When a person takes Oxycodone regularly, gradually he/she tends to develop drug dependency. Once a person becomes addictive to this drug he/she seeks drug at any cost. Some people join rehabs to overcome addiction. Rehabs help people reduce their dependency on the drug. Make sure you avoid drug dependency by choosing other alternative pain treatments.
Oxycodone addiction can lead to severe side effects, which can be fatal too. Avoid taking high doses of this medication to avoid complications.