Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever which is similar to morphine. Oxycodone is normally used to treat both moderate and severe pain. The extended-release form of this medication is for around-the-clock treatment of pain.
Oxycodone is a habit forming drug that shouldn't be used without a prescription. The drug should therefore be keep away from the reach of children and even adults. Oxycodone should never be taken by individuals taking alcohol. This is because the drug may cause some very severe/life threatening side effects or even death when mixed with alcohol. You must therefore ensure that you check all food labels to confirm that the foods don't contain any alcohol before consuming. Oxycodone should also be taken exactly as prescribed i.e. never increase your dosage without the doctor's recommendation. You must also follow to the letter all directions on the prescription label.
In case the effects of Oxycodone stop being felt, you should immediately inform your doctor instead of increasing your dosage. Also, it is important to note that the drug can impair your judgement, reactions or thinking. You should therefore avoid operating any machinery or driving while under medication. It is also important to know that Oxycodone has very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. You must therefore avoid stopping usage of the drug suddenly.
You should not use Oxycodone if you are allergic to narcotic medicines such as; methadone, Oxycontin, morphine, Darvocet, Vicodin, Percocet, Lortab among many other narcotic medicines. You should also avoid taking Oxycodone if you are asthma or paralytic ileus (bowel obstruction).
As stated above, Oxycodone can be a habit forming drug thus it should never be used by persons without a doctor's prescription for the drug. The drug should never be shared with persons with a drug addiction or abuse history. The drug should also be kept under lock and key. To ensure your safety when using the drug, inform your doctor if you suffer from any of the conditions below: asthma, sleep apnea or any other breathing disorders, kidney/liver disease, spine curvature, underactive thyroid, low blood pressure, gall bladder disease, head injury history or brain tumour, seizure disorders i.e. epilepsy, Addison's disease or any other disorder of the adrenal gland, urination problems or enlarged prostate, mental illness, alcohol addiction or any other kind of drug addiction.
It is important to note that Oxycodone is a category B FDA pregnancy drug meaning that the drug doesn't harm unborn babies. You should however inform your doctor in case you are planning to become pregnant or you are pregnant during treatment. It is also important to note that Oxycodone can pass into breast milk. You should therefore avoid breast feeding you baby when you are under the medication. Lastly, it is important to note that adults are more likely to experience Oxycodone side effects.
Oxycodone should be taken exactly as prescribed. You must never take the drug in larger dosages or for a longer time than recommended. You must follow all the directions as prescribed on the label. If you develop drug resistance, you must inform your doctor first before attempting to increase your dosage.
Oxycodone should never be crushed, chewed or broken in the case of extended-release tablets. Oxycodone should be swallowed whole. Breaking Oxycodone pills is discouraged because it might lead to overdose of the drug. If your have been directed by your doctor to take a certain no of tablets per does i.e. 2 or more tablets per dose, you should take one tablet at a time. You must never pre-soak or wet tablets before consuming them. You should also drink enough water when taking Oxycodone tablets for easier swallowing. Drinking a lot of water also helps to avoid constipation which is common when using Oxycodone. You must also seek other ways of increasing fiber in your diet to reduce constipation.
When taking liquid form Oxycodone, always use a measuring cup or spoon. If you don't have any measuring device, get one from your pharmacist to ensure that you take the correct dosage. You must also stop using Oxycodone gradually especially after prolonged use to avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. You should also consider asking your doctor on the measures to take to avoid withdrawal symptoms.