Oxycodone Instead of Morphine for Pain
Oxycodone is a group of narcotic drugs which are taken in combination and instead of morphine for pain. A doctor may decide to prescribe Oxycodone instead of morphine for a variety of reasons, but both medications are quite similar, since they are both narcotics and should be taken with care by responsible adults and should be kept out of the reach of children or others who may use the medicines irresponsibly. Oxycodone is quite effective against pain, and may be prescribed for moderate to severe pain that occurs on an ongoing basis. You may be given Oxycodone to take for a short-term pain or a slow-release formula which will treat your pain around the clock if it is more of a chronic condition. You must make sure that you do not chew or crush your extended release medicine, since it will interfere with the rate of absorption which is intended to be gradual.
Oxycodone can be taken safely by most people, but should be avoided by pregnant women, since the effects can reach the fetus. One should avoid drinking alcohol while taking Oxycodone, and should check all foods for the presence of alcohol, since even the smallest amount may have an effect. You should tell your doctor if you have had epilepsy, curvature of the spine, suffer from heart problems or have a tendency toward drug addiction. Most people can take this very effective pain reliever without side effects.
Oxycodone should be taken continuously as long as the doctor prescribes it, and one should avoid going off the drug suddenly. If you are uncomfortable taking Oxycodone, you should consult your doctor before going off the drug, since a sudden cessation in taking the drug can lead to dramatic withdrawal symptoms. Let the doctor know if you experience palpitations or clammy skin (this is a rare occurrence). You should be able to take Oxycodone for quite some time to treat your pain. Doctors usually try to wean patients off the drug after a certain period of time.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.