What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone, derived from Poppy, is an analgesic medication originally produced in Germany in 1916 as an alternative to opioids of the time, largely heroin, otherwise known as diacetylmorphine. Oxycodone is mainly used for the relief of severe or moderate pain and can only be acquired via a doctor's prescription. The slow release formula ensures that oxycodone is safe for use if taken as prescribed.

Oxycodone is Addictive and Dangerous

As with any opioid / narcotic oxycodone is highly addictive and habit forming. Taking this medication should be done with the utmost care and should be thoroughly considered and discussed with your medical practitioner. This narcotic should only be used by the person it was prescribed to. When it is not in use, be sure to lock it away to keep it out of reach from children and away from others. If you are taking oxycodone you should not be consuming any alcohol and you should never take more than the recommended dosage per day. You should also not take it for longer than your doctor recommends and you should never take the entire daily dose in one dosage.

The medication is said to also diminish cognitive ability, so be sure to not operate heavy machinery or undertake any driving tasks until you understand how and for how long the medication affects you. Even in its prescribed state oxycodone has high addictive affects, which is why you should not just stop taking the medication. Suddenly stopping the medication could throw the user into terrible withdrawals. When you are ready to stop the medication, or if your prescription is coming to an end be sure to speak to your medical practitioner about how to wean yourself off of the narcotic.

Before you take Oxycodone

There are a few things that you should consider before taking oxycodone. Speak to your physician about any allergic reactions you may have to narcotic medications like morphine, methadone, oxycontin, Percocet, darvocet, Vicodin, or Lortab among others as well as cough medication that contains narcotics like diacetylmorphine (heroin) or hydrocodone.

People who suffer from asthma attacks should avoid the use of oxycodone entirely as well as people with some bowel obstructions like paralytic ileus. If your doctor recommends taking oxycodone for pain relief, be sure to talk to him or her about the following conditions:

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnoea, and other breathing disorders
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Kidney or liver diseases
  • A blocked digestive tract
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Curving of your spine
  • Seizure disorder like epilepsy or others;
  • A history of brain tumor or other head injury
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Low or abnormal blood pressure
  • Urination problems
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Adrenal gland disorder
  • Addison's disease
  • History of mental illness
  • A history of, or you are currently dealing with, drug or alcohol addiction

While this medication has no ill-effects on unborn babies, you should still speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment as oxycodone tends to pass into your breast milk and does have side effects for breast feeding children. Do not breastfeed while you are on oxycodone or do not take the medication while breastfeeding.

How you should use Oxycodone

The main thing to remember is that you do not want to abuse the medication. Take oxycodone as stated by your doctor or physician. Never take large doses. If you are feeling more pain than usual speak to your doctor about the pain and how you are regulate it better. If he or she says that you can take a larger dose always only stick to the dose recommended.

All tablets and capsules are made with an "extended release" formula. Never open the capsule, or crush the tablet and never, under any circumstances, chew the tablet, as any of these instances will enable more of the narcotic to be released into your system and harbour ill-effects. Take it exactly as prescribed and take it with lots of water without wetting, licking or soaking the tablet in water before taking it.

If your doctor gives you liquid oxycodone, be sure to measure precise dosages with measuring instruments and not just a normal table spoon or teaspoon.

All forms of oxycodone are contraindicated to constipation. Drink lots of water through the day to prevent this and speak to your doctor about increasing your daily fiber intake while you are on the medication.