- Written by Marcel Gemme C.C.D.C
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a drug from the narcotic pain reliever group. It is used to relieve severe pain and discomfort for individuals. Oxycodone is similar to morphine in the effects that it has to the person using it. The narcotic in the drug makes it possible to be habit forming and shouldn’t be given or sold to anyone other than the person that it was prescribed to. Never drink while taking oxycodone because it can cause serious side effects and even death. Make sure the food you are eating and what you are drinking is alcohol free. One side effect is that it slows down the reaction time and impairs your thinking. You should try not to drive while on this medication because it could cause drowsiness.
There are many things that you should think to tell your doctor before they prescribe you with oxycodone. First let them know if you have a history of drug abuse or drug addiction. You should never take oxycodone if that is the case. If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, you should avoid taking this drug. It could be harmful to the unborn baby and may cause addiction and withdrawal symptoms when the baby is born. When you are breastfeeding the drug can still be passed on into the baby, so if you are breast feeding be sure to tell the doctor before you are prescribed any medication.
There are more cases in which you should ask your doctor before getting oxycodone. If you have kidney or liver disease, asthma, sleep apnea, or any other breathing disorders, thyroid problems, spine curvature any type of history with brain tumors or other head injuries, Addison’s disease or any other adrenal gland disorder, urination problems or enlarged prostate, mental illness or a history of drug or alcohol problems or if there are any of these symptoms in your past be sure to let your doctor know because they could become worse by taking oxycodone.
Some of the side effects of oxycodone are constipation, which can be severe, lightheadedness, vomiting, headache, rash, dry mouth and sweating. If you only use oxycodone for a short period of time for pain relief than the side effects, and withdrawal symptoms are less likely to occur. Using the drug for a long period of time, then you should ease yourself off the drug gradually. This will allow your body to adjust to the absence of the drug and prevent the withdrawal symptoms. There are oxycodone treatment programs in Canada where you can become free from the hell of this addiction.
If you are prescribed oxycodone due to severe pain make sure you take it as soon as the pain starts, if you wait until the pain is full blown than it may not work. You should never take more than prescribed, more frequently than prescribed, or longer than prescribed. Stop taking it as soon as your doctor tells you to. This will make sure that a helpful drug doesn’t become harmful, and oxycodone is one of the best severe painkillers on the market.