This is a semi-synesthetic opioid that is synthesized from poppy, which is derived from thebaine. It is generally regarded as a narcotic analgesic used to treat severe and moderate pain. The extended- release is used to treat round the clock pain this form of oxycodone is not for use on as- needed basis for pain relief (vs hydrocodone for example).
Important Information you need to know about Oxycodone
It is very important not to use oxycodone if you suffer from a blockage in your intestines or stomach or you have breathing problems such as asthma.
The thing about Oxycodone is that it slows down your breathing when you change your prescription or whenever you start using it. To avoid exposure of potentially fatal dose you should not break, crush or open an extended- release pill you simply swallow it.
Even at regular doses oxycodone is habit forming therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not share it with a person who has a history of drug addiction or abuse. Keep this medication where they can’t get hold of it.
While taking this medication you should not drink alcohol. When a narcotic is combined with alcohol the effects are severe, which may include death. It is very crucial that you check your food and medicine labels in order to ensure that you don’t combine them. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with the oxycodone leading to severe side effects.
This medicine may impair your reaction and thinking it is important that you do not operate machinery or drive until you exactly know how you are affected.
Effect of Oxycodone
If you have any of this signs of an allergic reaction, it is important that you seek medical attention.
- Any difficulty while breathing
- Swelling on your throat, lip, tongue and face
It is advisable to stop using if you experience any of the following:
- Severe dizziness or weakness
- Clammy skin
- Convulsion ( seizure)
- Slow heartbeat, shallow breathing
Common side effect may include
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite, constipation, nausea or vomiting
What happens if you miss a dose?
Oxycodone is mainly used when needed therefore you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule is important that you take the dose as soon as possible. If the time of you next dose is close, it is important that you skip the dose you missed. Do not take an extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
What happens if you Overdose
Seek immediately medical attention or call the poison help line. Oxycodone is very overdose is fatal especially in children or any person using the medication without a prescription.
What other drugs are likely to affect Oxycodone
Taking this medication with any other medication, which slows down your breathing or induces sleep, is very dangerous. Consult your doctor prior to taking any muscle relaxer, sleeping pills, or any other medicine for depression, anxiety, or seizures. It is important that you discuss with your doctor about the medicine that you are using or any medicine that you have stopped using.