Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication, sometimes called a narcotic. Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain in adults. It is an oral drug that is taken by mouth. The medicine can be used short term or long term, according to different conditions.
How does Oxycodone work?
Oxycodone belongs to the opioid agonists class and it is similar to endorphins, a kind of natural substances in your brain. Endorphins are to decrease the pain messages that your body tries to send to the brain. Taking oxycodone can do the same thing and thus ease the pain you are having.
Common side effects
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Decreases in the ability to feel pain
If the above symptoms are mild, they may come and go themselves. However, if you have other serious side effects symptoms, you need to see your doctor and check if you are okay.
Serious side effects
- Serious breathing problems: slowed breathing, very shallow breathing, fainting, dizziness, confusion
- Severely low blood pressure: dizziness or lightheadedness
- Addiction to the drug: restlessness, irritability or anxiousness, trouble sleeping, increased blood pressure, fast breathing rate, fast heart rate, dilated pupils, teary eyes, runny nose, yawning, nausea, vomiting, and a loss of appetite, diarrhea and stomach cramps, sweating, chills, muscle aches and backache
Drugs you should not use with oxycodone
Do not take these drugs with oxycodone. Doing so can cause dangerous effects in your body. Examples of these drugs include:
- Using this drug with oxycodone can decrease the effect of oxycodone. This means it won’t work as well. Buprenorphine can also cause withdrawal symptoms.
- Anesthesia drugs such as butorphanol, nalbuphine, and pentazocine. Using these drugs with oxycodone can decrease the effect of oxycodone. This means it won’t work as well. These drugs can also cause withdrawal symptoms.