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What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever. It's believed that the drug stimulates opioid receptors in the brain to actually increase a person's tolerance to pain, rather than causing them to simply not feel pain as with other medications.

Oxycodone is often combined with other medications (such as paracetemol or acetaminophen) and is sold under brand names like Percocet, Vicodin and Tylox. It is typically available in capsule or tablet form, and is available in a variety of dosage strengths. It is also available through intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections.

Uses for Oxycodone

Oxycodone is used to treat moderate and severe pain, but is not used in the treatment of post-surgical pain, unless directed by a doctor. Often, this drug is used when other opiates have failed.

Oxycodone may be prescribed in extended relief form or for immediate relief of pain.

Possible Side Effects of Oxycodone

Side effects of oxycodone include nausea, vomiting, rash, constipation, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness and sedation. It can also slow breathing, and so should be used with caution in older people or those with lung conditions. Oxycodone can also impact thinking and physical function and should not be used while operating a vehicle or machinery.

Oxycodone is habit-forming when used for long periods of time, which means it must be used under heavy supervision by a doctor. He or she will monitor for physical or mental dependence, and will also be able to monitor dosage accordingly. Sudden stoppage of oxycodone after prolonged use can lead to serious side effects, so dosage should be lowered gradually.

Warnings About Oxycodone

The information listed here regarding oxycodone is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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