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Oxycodone is a custom pharmacy drug classified as an opiate (narcotic) analgesic. As an effective analgesic, oxycodone is often prescribed for moderate to severe pain resulting from a wide variety of medical conditions. Oxycodone works in the brain and central nervous system to affect signals and responses to pain.


Oxycodone is administered in multiple forms such as liquids, tablets, concentrated solutions, capsules, extended-release tablets and extended-release capsules. Each form of delivery into the body has its own requirements for usage, and dosage (which is also affected by health status, age, and condition). If prescribed oxycodone, ask your doctor about usage and dosage issues specific to you. Never take this drug without a clear understanding of how to take it, your dosage, and schedule for dosage. Oxycodone is a potent drug and can pose serious health risks if taken carelessly. Follow your doctor's directions precisely. Measure doses accurately. Never take more than prescribed.


Side effects may occur. Some patients may experience no side effects; others may experience one or many side effects. Be aware of potential side effects and always see your doctor if anything persists or worsens. Common side effects seen with the use of oxycodone are:

  • Xerostomia
  • Stomach Pain
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Mood Changes / Mood Swings
  • Drowsiness

Severe Side Effects:

It is impossible to know how any medication or drug will affect you until you begin your course, so be aware of any changes in your condition or changes to your body. See your doctor if you experience any side effect that feels severe or any side effect listed below.

  • Accelerated Heartbeat
  • Heartbeat Changes
  • Chest Pain
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Shivering
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased Libido
  • Inability to Achieve or Maintain Erection
  • Irregular Menstruation
  • Abnormal Menstruation
  • Severe Muscle Stiffness
  • Twitching
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Hives
  • Itching and/or Rash
  • Swelling (Face, Throat, Tongue, Lips, Eyes)
  • Swelling (Hands, Feet, Ankles, Lower Legs)
  • Hoarseness
  • Lightheadedness (During Position Changes)
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • Seizures

Other side effects are possible. Monitor your condition closely. Always seek medical assistance if you feel it is warranted.


All patients considering the use of oxycodone should first consult with their doctor before beginning use. It is important for your doctor to know your medical history as well as your medication history.

Oxycodone is contraindicated for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

There are many more possible contraindications for the use of oxycodone. It is important to discuss all contraindications with your doctor. See your doctor for a complete list of contraindications and an overview/consultation on the safety of the use of this drug as it pertains to you and your condition.

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