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The World of
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These conditions can cause a world of pain.

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& Treatment

Be sure you know the cautions and side effects.

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Finding help is not always simple for those in pain.

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Oxycodone

Oxycodone is also known as OxyContin, M-Oxy, Oxyir, Percolone, and Roxicodone.

Oxycodone is a narcotic analgesics (pain reliever) used to treat moderate-to-severe pain.

Generally oxycodone is given in small amounts as a breakthrough drug, and may be short acting, but may be given in significant amounts as a pain reliever by itself. ASK YOUR DOCTOR WHICH WAY IT IS BEING USED.

Cautions: Oxycodone is habit forming and should only be used under close supervision, especially by patients with an alcohol or drug addiction.

Tell your doctor if you have or have had in the past kidney disease, liver disease, asthma, urinary retention, an enlarged prostate, hypothyroidism, seizures or epilepsy, gallbladder disease, a head injury or Addison's disease.

You may not be able to take oxycodone, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Oxycodone is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to cause birth defects. However, oxycodone may cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms, difficulty breathing, as well as other harmful effects in a newborn baby when taken during pregnancy. Do not take oxycodone without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Oxycodone may cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms, difficulty breathing, and sedation in a nursing infant. Do not take oxycodone without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not stop taking oxycodone suddenly if you have been taking it continuously for more than 5 to 7 days. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms and make you uncomfortable. Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the dose.

Increasing the amount of fiber and water (six to eight full glasses) in your diet may alleviate constipation.

Do not share this medication with anyone else.

Store oxycontin at room temperature away from moisture and heat and out of the reach of children. When treatment with oxycontin is no longer needed, any remaining medication should be destroyed by flushing down the toilet.

Side Effects: If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking oxycodone and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
  • slow, weak breathing;
  • seizures;
  • cold, clammy skin;
  • severe weakness or dizziness; or unconsciousness.
  • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take oxycodone and talk to your doctor if you experience
  • constipation;
  • dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;
  • dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness;
  • muscle twitches;
  • sweating;
  • itching;
  • decreased urination; or
  • decreased sex drive
Drug Interactions: Oxycodone may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, other antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if oxycodone is taken with any of these medications. webMD