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Oxycodone is an opioid medication. It is prescribed to the patients to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is sold under the brand name of Oxycontin. This medicine is used to treat severe pain of injury, cancer, C-Section, and other critical illness. Oxycodone works by producing a calming effect on the brain and nerves. It changes the phenomenon of how your body feels and responds to pain.
How to use Oxycodone
Read the medication instructions provided by your pharmacist along with the medicine, before you start taking the dosage of Oxycodone or whenever you get a refill. If you have any questions about the medication, consult with your doctor, or pharmacist right away.
Take the dosages of this medicine by orally by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually two or three times a day. Take this medicine with or without food. The dosage of Oxycodone always depends on the medical condition of the patient, age, and response to the medication. Older patients most commonly start this medication with a lower dose to prevent the risks of side effects. The patient should never alter the treatment of this medicine, take it more often than prescribed, or continue it for a longer time without consulting the doctor.
Withdrawal of Oxycodone
The patient might suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking the medication of Oxycodone. Withdrawal symptoms of Oxycodone may include, but are not limited to:
- Mental or mood changes
- Stomach cramps
To prevent the happening of withdrawal symptoms, lower the dose gradually according to the directions of a physician when the medication of Oxycodone is supposed to be stopped. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely if the patient has used this medication for a long time or in high doses. Consult with the doctor right away if you or anyone you know have withdrawal.
Side effects of Oxycodone
Always remember that your doctor or pharmacist has prescribed you to use Oxycodone because he or she judged that the benefit of this medication is greater than the risk of side effects. Many patients who are using this medication do not have any severe side effects.
Side effects of Oxycodone may include:
- Loss of coordination
- Increase in saliva production
- High fever
- Mood swings
Inform your doctor right away or seek emergency medical help if any of the side effects occur when you are taking the medication of Oxycodone. Eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise to prevent constipation.
- Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Oxycodone or have any other allergies.
- Do not use Oxycodone if you have head injuries, seizure, sleep apnea, asthma, kidney or liver disease.
- Consumption of Oxycodone may make you feel dizzy, do not drive any vehicle, or operate any machinery until you do not feel dizzy.
- Before having any surgery, tell your doctor about the products you are using, including prescription drugs.
- Do not consume alcohol or any alcoholic beverage when you have a dose of Oxycodone.
- Older adults are more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.
- Do not use this medicine during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor for a better understanding of the safe usage of this medicine.
- Do not share your medicine with anyone. Sharing or giving away your medication is against the law.
Missed dose of Oxycodone
If you miss a dose of Oxycodone, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose.
Store the medicine at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Do not flush the medication in the toilet and do not store it in the kitchen. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.