Oxycodone is a pain relief prescription that is commonly given to patients experience moderate to severe pain. Many times this medication is also given to help relieve dental surgery pain, postoperative (after you have surgery) and postpartum (after you give birth) pain. There are other uses for Oxycodone, so if are prescribed this medication, you can ask your health care provider for more specific information.
This medication is very effective for relieving pain. Oxycodone is most commonly given as a liquid or tablet form, which is taken orally. Some extended release forms of this medication can give the patient pain relief for up to 12 hours, while other forms will be taken every six hours. Oxycodone is usually used for short-term pain relief, such as when a person is recovering in the hospital. Because it is highly addictive, most doctors will not prescribe this medication over a long period of time. If this happens, your doctor will mostly likely gradually decrease your dosage so that you do not experience withdrawal side effects.
Most patients can tolerate this medication quite well. However, there are some side effects that are generally mild and for the most part, will not last a long time. Common side effects include drowsiness, upset stomach, constipation and dry mouth. More severe side effects are less common, however, if you experience any of the following, you should contact your health care provider right away. These include trouble breathing, skin rashes or hives (which could indicate an allergic reaction), slow heartbeat, vomiting, dizziness, hallucinations or headaches. In addition, there are some people that should never take Oxycodone medications. These include women who are pregnant or nursing, people who are allergic to aspirin or codeine and if you have ever had lung or liver disease. Always tell your doctor if you are currently taking medications for allergies, colds, motion sickness, sedatives or vitamins. These can cause negative reactions when taken with Oxycodone.
Oxycodone can be quite effective when taken for pain relief. However, you should always follow your doctor’s orders when taking a medication such as this. Abuse or over-sue of these drugs can lead to dependency.
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