what is oxicodone
Oxycodone is an opiate painkiller. It’s used to treat severe pain, for example after an operation or a serious injury, or pain from cancer.
Oxycodone is only available on prescription. It comes as slow-release tablets, capsules and a liquid which you swallow.
It’s sometimes given as a tablet which also has a medicine called naloxone in it (Targinact).
- Oxycodone works by stopping pain signals travelling along the nerves to the brain.
- Oxycodone liquid and capsules work in 30 to 60 minutes but wear off after 4 to 6 hours.
- It’s possible to become addicted to oxycodone, but your doctor will explain how to reduce the risks of becoming addicted.
- If you need to take oxycodone for more than a few weeks, your treatment plan may include details of how and when to stop taking this medicine.
- The most common side effects of oxycodone are constipation, feeling sick and feeling sleepy.
It’s safe to take oxycodone with paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin (do not give aspirin to children under 16 years of age). Do not take oxycodone with painkillers that contain codeine. You will be more likely to get side effects.
Like all medicines, oxycodone can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones.
The higher the dose of oxycodone the more chance that you will get side effects.
Oxycodone (oxicodone) is a narcotic pain reliever. It works by dulling the pain perception center in the brain.