Brand: ETH- Oxydose, M- oxy, OxyContin, Oxyfast, OxyIR, Percolone, Roxicodone
ETH- Oxydose is a narcotic analgesic drug, used to treat moderate to severe pain. It acts on the brain to change your sensation and response to pain.
Read your medication guide and follow your prescription label at all times.
- Take oxycodone by mouth/orally before or after meals per doctor’s prescription. Take this medication with food and do not lie down 1-2 hours after taking it to prevent nausea. Make sure to take this drug immediately at the onset/ start of pain because pain relievers are more effective when the pain is not yet severe.
- Do not break, chew or crush sustained- release tablet form of oxycodone to prevent releasing the content at once, which may intensify the side effects of this medication.
- The dosage depends on your medical condition, weight or treatment response. Do not adjust your dose without your doctor’s recommendation.
- Use a standard medicine cup/spoon (not household spoon) to obtain the accurate amount for each dose if you are using the liquid preparation of oxycodone.
- Increase your water and fiber dietary intake to prevent constipation.
- Avoid alcohol intake to prevent intensifying the side effects of oxycodone.
- Continue taking oxycodone on regular schedule (same time of the day). Do not stop taking oxycodone abruptly without consulting your doctor to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Inform your doctor immediately if your condition aggravates or does not improve.
Take your missed dose as soon as possible. However, make sure that the time interval between the missed and the next dose is not too close. Otherwise, stick with the regular schedule and leave out the missed dose. Do not double dose to cover up a missed dose. Record your missed dose and inform your doctor immediately if you missed several doses.
Oxycodone may interact with:
- Pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol, naltrexone and other combined narcotic agonist/ antagonist pain relievers
- Naltrexone and other narcotic agonist medications
- Medications that may cause drowsiness or sleepiness such as anti- allergy or cough- and- cold products , anti-seizures (i.e. phenobartbital)
- Sleeping pills or anti- anxiety drugs (i.e. alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain reliever (i.e. codeine), and psychiatric drugs (i.e. risperidone)
- Ketoconazole and other azole antifungal drugs
- Erythromycin and other macrolide antibiotics and
- Ritonavir and other HIV medications.
Some drugs may either lessen the beneficial effects or worsen the side effects of oxycodone. Likewise, oxycodone may make some drugs less efficient or intensify their side effects.
Make sure to inform your doctor about all other drugs you are currently taking or using (prescribed and non-prescribed medications including vitamins, minerals and herbal products) to check for possible drug interaction with oxycodone.
Never alter the dose of other medications while on oxycodone neither stop nor start any medicine without the doctor’s recommendation.
There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.
Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:
Before taking oxycodone, tell your health care provider if you have/are:
- Any allergies to any substance, food or medication, particularly to oxycodone
- Medical history or a present condition such as:
- Brain disorder (i.e. head trauma/injury, seizure)
- Breathing problem (i.e. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/ COPD, sleep apnea)
- Kidney or liver disease
- Mental or mood disorder (i.e. depression)
- Drug or alcohol dependence/ abuse
- Stomach or intestinal disorder (i.e. constipation, diarrhea, paralytic ileus)
- Trouble in urinating caused by prostate enlargement
- Phenylketonuria/ PKU
- Pregnant, planning to get pregnant or currently breastfeeding a baby (Oxycodone has no unknown harmful effects to an unborn child but it passes through breast milk and may harm the nursing child. The risks and benefits of using this medication during pregnancy must be discussed well with your doctor.)