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Oxycodone has proven to be effective in relieving moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone extended-release tablets and extended-release capsules are efficient in relieving severe pain in those expected to need pain medication all round the clock for an extended period of time and cannot be treated with other medications. It is not recommended to use oxycodone extended-release capsules and oxycodone extended-release tablets for the treatment of pain that can be controlled by medication that can be administered as needed. Oxycodone extended-release capsules, oxycodone-extended tablets, and concentration solution should only be used for treating people who are tolerant to opioid medications because they have been administered such type of medication for at least one week. Oxycodone falls in a class of medication that is referred to as opiate (narcotic) analgesics. It operates by modifying the way that the brain and the nervous system treat pain.

How to use Oxycodone

The oxycodone drug comes as a solution (liquid), a tablet, a concentrated solution, a capsule, an extended-release capsule (Xtampza ER) and an extended-release (long acting) tablet (oxytocin) to be taken by mouth. The capsule, tablet, solution, and concentrated solution are normally taken with or without food every 4 to 6 hours, either as a regular schedule medication or as needed for pain. The extended-release capsules (Xtampza ER) are taken every 12 hours with food – consume the same amount of food with each dose. On the other hand, the extended-release tablets (Oxytocin) are administered every 12 hours with or without food. Always take oxycodone as directed by your doctor. If in doubt about anything concerning the drug, always ask your medical health care provider. If you are taking tablets, do swallow the tablets one at a time with much water. Make sure to swallow the tablet immediately it reaches your mouth. Avoid presoaking, licking, or wetting the tablets before taking them into your mouth. Oxaydo brand tablets should not be chewed or crushed. Also, they should not be administered through a nasogastric tube. Those who find it difficult to swallow extended-release capsules (Xtampza ER) can carefully open the capsule and gently sprinkle its contents on soft foods like pudding, yogurt, applesauce, jam, or ice cream, then quickly consume the mixture. Avoid storing the mixture for future use. Always dispose the empty capsules right away by flushing them down the toilet. Those using a feeding tube can have the contents of the extended-release capsule poured into the tube. Always ask your doctor how to take the medication. Likewise, stick to the prescribed dose so as to stay away from over dosage and its consequences. This drug is not recommended for pregnant women. If you must take it, then discuss with your doctor. Do not suddenly stop taking oxycodone without having informed your medical health care provider. Your doctor will likely reduce your dose gradually to the point of quitting. A sudden stop may lead to the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Water eyes,
  • Restlessness,
  • Runny nose,
  • Sneezing,
  • Sweating,
  • Chills,
  • Yawning,
  • Muscle or joint aches or pains,
  • Weakness,
  • Irritability,
  • Depression, Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep,
  • Nausea,
  • Anxiety,
  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Fast heartbeat,
  • Fast breathing, and
  • Cramps.

Side effects of Oxycodone

Oxycodone can lead to some side effects. Contact your doctor in a case whereby you experience any of the following side effects in a severe and persisting way:

  • Stomach pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Mood changes

Oxycodone can also lead to some serious side effects worth attending to without any time wastage. Hence, if you experience any of the following severe side effects or those that are mentioned in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, quickly call your doctor or get emergency help. These severe side effects are:

  • Chest pain
  • Changes in heartbeat
  • Hoarseness
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness, or dizziness
  • Inability to get or keep an erection
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Seizures
  • Lightheadedness when changing positions
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Fever, Agitation, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist), sweating, confusion, fast heartbeat, shivering, severe muscle stiffness or twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, diarrhea or vomiting.


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