Oxycodone treats mild to severe pain effectively

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

  1. breathing problems or severe asthma
  2. 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.,
  3. 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

  1. any type of lung disease or breathing problem
  2. urination problems
  3. a history of seizures, brain tumor or head injury
  4. kidney or liver disease
  5. adrenal’s disease or other disorders of adrenal gland
  6. problems with pancreas, gallbladder or thyroid
  7. 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.

Effects of Oxycodone during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Most women during their pregnancy or breastfeeding often ask this question, whether Oxycodone is safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Because Oxycodone is used by many and has a history of regular use, most pregnant women feel it is safe to use oxycodone during pregnancy. Unfortunately, increasing number of scientific evidences say that Oxycodone can cause birth defects.

Oxycodone and pregnancy

The FDA categorize Oxycodone in Category B, which means they claim Oxycodone is safe to use during pregnancy and risks to growing baby are quite less. In reality, the risks associated with Oxycodone use during pregnancy are underestimated and there are still a very few studies that highlight the risk of using Oxycodone during pregnancy. Some studies conducted in past suggested that Oxycodone can increase the risk of baby having cleft lip, heart defects and cleft palate.

Birth defects are quite common these days and the primary cause is use of different medications during pregnancy. Medications lead to greater risk during pregnancy.

Oxycodone intersects the placenta and using Oxycodone can cause respiratory depression in new born baby. New born baby may suffer with serious withdrawal symptoms like hyperactive reflexes, tremor, excessive crying, convulsions, vomiting, yawning, sneezing, diarrhoea and irritability.

Oxycodone and Breastfeeding

Are you frustrated by the constant aches or pain while breastfeeding?  Are you planning to take Oxycodone as a regular medicine, but don’t know if it is safe during breastfeeding. If these questions are bothering you then read on

Oxycodone during nursing causes infant sedation. New born babies are quite sensitive to even low doses of narcotic medications. Besides sedation, taking Oxycodone during pregnancy can lead to many problems in infants. Keep a check on your baby’s health for weight gain, drowsiness and other developmental factors, especially in new born babies.  If you notice problems while breastfeeding, increased sleepiness, limpness, breathing problems, contact your paediatrician immediately.

If possible look for an alternative method of pain treatment to avoid the side effects of oxycodone in your baby. You can speak to your doctor to advise you other pain relief options that won’t affect the health of your baby.

If you feel it is essential to take oxycodone then 30mg of maximum dose of oxycodone per day is a perfect dose while breastfeeding. If you forget to take a dose, then do not take the missed dose as taking extra dose can lead to complications.

The common side effects of oxycodone while breastfeeding are

  1. chills
  2. loss of stamina
  3. problems in passing stools
  4. drowsiness
  5. calm and relaxed feeling

Some rare oxycodone side effects seen during breastfeeding are

  1. cold sweats
  2. twitching
  3. chest tightness
  4. fever
  5. breathing problems
  6. stomach or abdominal pain
  7. dizziness
  8. decreased volume of urination
  9. problems while swallowing

You should tell your doctor that you are a lactating mother before he prescribes you any narcotic medicine. This will help your doctor judge if the medicine is safe for you and what are the right doses that you can take so that your baby’s health is not affected.

Side effects that you may experience while using Morphine

In addition to much needed effects, there are many unwanted side effects associated with morphine. In case you experience any of these side effects, you need to call your medical help immediately. Let us learn about the side effects that you may experience while using Morphine

Major Side effects that need immediate medical attentions are

Less Common

  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • cough
  • fainting
  • decreased urination
  • headache
  • appetite loss
  • increased sweating
  • irregular, pounding, fast pulse or heartbeat
  • skin rash, itching or hives
  • nervousness
  • breathlessness
  • severe vomiting
  • severe constipation
  • shakiness in feet, hands or legs
  • slow heartbeat
  • chills or sweating
  • wheezing
  • faintness, dizziness or light-headedness while rising suddenly from a sitting or lying position
  • numbness, prickling, burning, crawling and itching or tingling feelings
  • stomach or abdominal pain

Occurrence not known

  • clammy or cold skin
  • feeling of heat or warmth
  • tarry, black stools
  • painful urination
  • light-headedness
  • irregular, pounding, fast pulse or heartbeat
  • pale skin
  • unconsciousness
  • blue or pale lips, skin or fingernails
  • unsteady walk or shakiness
  • redness or flushing of skin, especially on neck and face
  • low pulse or blood pressure
  • slow heartbeat
  • trembling, unsteadiness or problems in muscle coordination or control

Symptoms of overdose– if these symptoms persist, call your doctor immediately

  • fever
  • extreme drowsiness
  • pinpoint, constricted or small pupils
  • increased thirst
  • increased BP
  • muscle stiffness or pain
  • lower side or back pain
  • muscle spasms or cramps
  • severe sleepiness
  • swelling of lower legs, fingers or face
  • weight gain
  • mo muscle movement or muscle tone


Minor side effects- Morphine

Some minor side effects that occur as a result of morphine go away with time as your body gets used to the medication. These minor side effects do not need medical attention, but if these side effects last for longer period, then you need to discuss with your doctor.

More Common

  • drowsiness
  • cramps
  • calm feeling
  • false sense of feeling well
  • weight loss
  • problems with bowel movement

Less common

  • agitation
  • dry mouth
  • vision changes
  • unusual, bad or unpleasant taste
  • floating feeling
  • face is hot or warm to touch
  • loss in sexual drive, desire, ability or performance
  • night blindness
  • indigestion or heartburn
  • missed, irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • skin rash
  • sleeping problems
  • skin redness
  • muscle control problems
  • stomach pain, upset or discomfort
  • eye movement not in control
  • muscle tightness or stiffness

Occurrence not known

  • abnormal dreams
  • delusions
  • confusion regarding person, place or time
  • general feeling of illness or discomfort
  • memory problems
  • spinning sensation
  • unusual restlessness, nervousness or excitement
  • holding some false beliefs
  • unsteadiness or clumsiness

The side effects can be severe at times, do not ignore any unusual symptoms that indicate some serious side effects and seek medical help immediately.

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