What to know about oxycodone
What to know about oxycodone ,Oxycodone is a type of pain-relieving medication that doctors may prescribe to help people manage moderate to severe pain.
Oxycodone is an opiate (narcotic) analgesic. Opiate analgesics change how the brain and central nervous system respond to pain. These chemical changes stop a person from feeling pain in the same way as they did.
This article looks at the uses, dosage, and drug interactions of oxycodone. It also discusses the risks of using oxycodone and oxycodone addiction.
What is oxycodone used for?
A doctor may prescribe oxycodone to treat chronic pain when over-the-counter medications do not help.
Oxycodone can relieve moderate to severe acute pain. It is most useful for spontaneous bursts of shooting pain, also known as paroxysmal pain.
Doctors often prescribe oxycodone for:
- paroxysmal pain
- steady pain
- allodynia, or a clinically sensitive pain response
- chronic pain
- cancer-related pain
How to take oxycodone
Oxycodone is available in a number of forms, including:
- concentrated solution
People take all forms of oxycodone orally, meaning by mouth. A doctor will advise a person what dose of oxycodone to take and how often.
It is essential to follow a doctor’s instructions carefully. They will determine the correct amount of oxycodone for an individual to take, and a person must not exceed this or take the drug more frequently than stated on their prescription.
It is best to carefully measure out liquid forms of oxycodone to avoid taking too much.
Depending on why they are taking it, a person can use oxycodone for short- or long-term pain relief. Again, it is important only to take oxycodone for as long as the doctor prescribes.
Some oxycodone capsules and tablets are extended-release, meaning they release the medication over a longer time than other types.
If a person feels nauseous, it may help to take oxycodone with food.