What to know about oxycodone
What to know about oxycodoneOxycodone 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 oxycodoneOxycodone is available in a number of forms, including:
- concentrated solution