Oxycodone powder is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Oxycodone Oxicotin is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Oxycodone Oxicotin extended-release is used for around-the-clock treatment of pain. This form of oxycodone is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
You should not use Oxycodone Oxicotin if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Oxycodone Oxicotin can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Do not crush, break, or open an extended-release pill (Oxycontin). Swallow it whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal dose.
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Oxycodone Oxicotin may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Never share the medicine with another person. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATION CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Oxycodone may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with oxycodone.
Before using oxycodone
You should not use oxycodone if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
severe asthma or breathing problems;
a blockage in your stomach or intestines; or
an allergy to any narcotic pain medicine (such as methadone, morphine, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, and many others), or narcotic cough medicine that contains codeine, hydrocodone, or dihydrocodeine.
You should not use oxycodone unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it. Ask your doctor if you are not sure you are opioid-tolerant.
Oxycodone may be habit forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away oxycodone to any other person is against the law.
Some medicines can interact with oxycodone and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.
To make sure oxycodone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
a history of head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
a history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, or mental illness;
liver or kidney disease;
Addison’s disease or other adrenal gland disorder; or
problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. If you use oxycodone while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks.
Oxycodone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medicine.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I use oxycodone?
Take oxycodone exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Oxycodone can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never take in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Oxycodone may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH,especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Selling or giving away oxycodone to any other person is against the law.
Stop taking all other around-the-clock narcotic pain medications when you start taking extended-release oxycodone (Oxycontin).
Take oxycodone with food.
Do not crush, break, or open an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal dose.
If your doctor has told you to take two or more oxycodone tablets per dose, take the tablets one at a time. Do not wet, presoak, or lick the tablet before placing it in your mouth. Drink plenty of water to make swallowing easier and to prevent choking.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not stop using oxycodone suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.