Purpose of the Medication
Oxycodone, which is of the opiate analgesic medication class, is used in order to relieve moderate and severe pain. It functions by altering the way in which the nervous system and brain respond to pain stimuli.
Oxycodone is found as both liquid solution, concentrate solution, capsule, tablet, as well as long-acting, and a extended-release tablet which can be taken with or without the accompaniment of a meal. They should be taken no more than every 4 to 6 hours with the exception of the extended release tablet which should only be taken every 12 hours.
The doctor will typically start the dose quite low in order to determine whether a low dose will control the pain. The dose will be increased once the body begins to become accustomed to the previous dose and no long responds.
Oxycodone can be quite addicting. You should follow the dose precisely and not take more than it prescribed. You should also not cease taking the oxycodone all of a sudden as this can cause problems as well. It is possible to undergo withdrawal symptoms, such as watery eyes, restlessness, runny nose, depression, sweating, sneezing, chills, joint pains, nausea, diarrhea, or problems sleeping to name a few.
Before you take oxycodone:
• Inform your pharmacist and physician if you have an allergy to codeine, oxycodone, dihydrocodeine, hydrocodone, as well as other medications that contain similar ingredients to oxycodone.
• Inform your pharmacist and physician if you are taking nonprescription medications, prescription drugs, nutritional supplements, vitamins, or herbs that you are taking or plan to take.
• Inform your physician if you have chronic conditions such as lung disease, difficulty breathing, paralytic ileus, and asthma.
• Inform your doctor if you consume alcohol or have previously consumed large quantities of alcohol or if you have ever abused prescription medications or used street drugs.
• Inform your physician if you have undergone a head injury, a nervous system or brain tumor, or any condition that has caused an increase in pressure in the brain.
• Inform your doctor if you are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are currently breast feeding.
• The medication has been known to cause drowsiness. You should not drive, operate machinery, or participate in dangerous activities.
Potential side effects of oxycodone consist of:
• Loss of appetite
• Dry mouth
• Mood changes
• Red eyes
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