Oxycodone is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is sold under the brand name OxyContin. In combination with Acetaminophen, Oxycodone is also sold under the brand name Percocet.
Oxycodone is an opioid, or synthetic opiate, that works as a potent analgesic (painkiller). Oxycodone is believed to work by reducing the perception of pain.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, regular use of opioids - even as prescribed by a doctor - can lead to dependence. If misused, opioids can cause overdose and death.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Oxycodone should be taken exactly as prescribed by the physician.
Oxycodone comes in the forms of oral solution and regular or extended-release tablets or capsules.
The FDA-approved label for Oxycodone lists common side effects including headache, drowsiness, mood changes, dry mouth, flushed skin, and stomach pain.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Oxycodone include dependence and respiratory depression.
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