What Oxycodone Is:
Oxycodone may be used for short-term or long-term control of pain, depending on how it is formulated. It is available in tablet, capsule and liquid forms.
Other Names for Oxycodone:
Oxycodone may also be called:
- OxyContin, a longer acting form of Oxycodone
Oxycodone Side Effects:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Dizziness and/or drowsiness
- Dry mouth
- Mood changes
- Itching, flushing and/or sweating
If you experience severe side effects such as confusion, difficulty breathing or staying awake, seek immediate medical attention.
Oxycodone Addiction and Overdose:
Painkiller addiction can usually be avoided by following your doctor’s instructions. Never take more oxycodone than your doctor prescribes. Don’t combine it with other depressants, such as alcohol or sleep aids. Finally, never crush or chew your oxycodone, which can release more medication at once. This could lead not only to addiction, but to a potentially deadly overdose.
Further Information on Addiction and Overdose:
- Restlessness, often in the legs
- Difficulty sleeping and insomnia
- Muscle or bone pain
- Chills and cold sweats
Medline Plus. Oxycodone. Accessed 9/2/09. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682132.html
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Treating Prescription Drug Addiction. Accessed 9/2/09. http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/Prescription/prescription7.html
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Research Report Series - Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction. Accessed 9/2/09. http://www.nida.nih.gov/Researchreports/Prescription/prescription2.html