Oxycodone is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat pain severe enough to require daily, 24-hour, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are ineffective. Oxycodone is sold under the brand name OxyContin. In combination with acetaminophen, oxycodone is also sold under the brand name Percocet.
Oxycodone is an opioid, or synthetic opiate, that works as a potent analgesic (painkiller). Oxycodone is believed to work by reducing the perception of pain.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, regular use of opioids — even as prescribed by a doctor — can lead to dependence. If misused, opioids can cause overdose and death.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that oxycodone should be taken exactly as prescribed by the physician.
Oxycodone comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for oxycodone lists common side effects including headache, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, itching, sweating, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
Rare but serious side effects listed for oxycodone include severe low blood pressure, kidney insufficiency, and life-threatening respiratory depression.
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Oxycodone — MedlinePlus
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