Oxycodone is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid (narcotic) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
How to use Oxycodone HCL
Read the Medication Guide provided by inside the package before you start taking oxycodone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth. You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine.
Where to store oxycodone
If you’re prescribed oxycodone, it’s really important that you:
- store it properly and safely at home
- keep it out of the sight and reach of children
- do not give your medicine to anyone else
- return any unused oxycodone to a pharmacy so it can be thrown away safely
5. Taking oxycodone with other painkillers
Do not take this medication with painkillers that contain codeine. You will be more likely to get side effects.
Painkillers that contain codeine include co-codamol (codeine and paracetamol), Nurofen Plus (codeine and ibuprofen), co-codaprin (codeine and aspirin) and Solpadeine (codeine, paracetamol, ibuprofen and caffeine).
6. 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.
Common side effects
Common side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or do not go away:
- feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting)
- stomach discomfort
- feeling sleepy or tired
- feeling dizzy and a sensation of spinning (vertigo)
- itchiness or rash
Serious side effects
Serious side effects happen in less than 1 in 100 people. Call a doctor if you have:
- muscle stiffness
- feel dizzy, tired and have low energy – this could be a sign of low blood pressure (hypotension)