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How it works
Oxycodone belongs to a class of drugs called opioid agonists. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Oxycodone is similar to a group of natural substances in the brain called endorphins. These substances work to decrease the pain messages that your body sends to your brain. By mimicking these substances, oxycodone decreases the amount of pain your brain thinks you’re having.
Oxycodone is a prescription drug. It comes in five forms:
- immediate-release tablet
- extended-release tablet
- immediate-release capsule
- extended-release capsule
All forms of this drug are oral, which means they’re taken by mouth. (Immediate-release drugs are released into the bloodstream right away. Extended-release drugs are also released into the bloodstream slowly over time.)
Oxycodone immediate-release tablets are also available as generic drugs. There is no generic version of the extended-release tablets. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not also be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.
Oxycodone may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may also need to take it with other medications.
Oxycodone is a controlled substance. That means it can only be used under a doctor’s close supervision.
Why it’s used
Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It can be used short term or long term, depending on your condition.
Oxycodone oral tablet may cause drowsiness. This is more likely to occur when you first start taking it or when your dosage is changed. Also do not drive, use heavy machinery, or perform any dangerous tasks until you know how this drug affects you.
Oxycodone can also cause other side effects.
More common side effects
The adult side effects for this drug can also vary from the side effects for children.
Adult side effects for oxycodone can also include:
- nausea and vomiting
- weakness or lack of energy
- severe itching
- dry mouth
- trouble falling or staying asleep
- itching of the skin
Children’s side effects for oxycodone (the extended-release tablets only) can also include:
- nausea and vomiting
If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Also call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you also think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following:
- Serious breathing problems. Symptoms can include:
- slowed breathing
- very shallow breathing (little chest movement with breathing)
- Severely low blood pressure. Symptoms can include:
- dizziness or lightheadedness (especially if you stand up after sitting or lying down)
- Physical dependence (addiction) and withdrawal when stopping the drug. Symptoms can also include:
- irritability or anxiousness
- trouble sleeping
- increased blood pressure
- fast breathing rate
- fast heart rate
- dilated pupils (enlargement of the dark center of your eyes)
- teary eyes
- runny nose
- nausea, vomiting, and a loss of appetite
- diarrhea and stomach cramps
- muscle aches and backache
- Misuse or addiction to oxycodone. Symptoms can include:
- taking more of the drug than your doctor prescribes
- taking the drug regularly even if you don’t need it
- continuing to use the drug despite negative reactions from friends, family, your job, or the law
- ignoring regular duties of your life
- taking the drug secretly or lying about how much you’re taking
- Adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms can include:
- long-lasting tiredness
- muscle weakness
- pain in your abdomen
- Androgen deficiency. Symptoms can also include:
- trouble sleeping
- decreased energy
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we also cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible side effects. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always discuss possible side effects with a healthcare provider who knows your medical history.
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