Oxycodone is sometimes used in combination with another medicine called naloxone (in a brand called Targinact). The naloxone helps to reduce some of the side-effects of oxycodone, such as constipation.
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Oxycodone is prescribed to treat severe pain.
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The most common side-effects are constipation, drowsiness and feeling sick. Your doctor will be able to prescribe medicines for you to take with oxycodone to help with some of these side-effects.
Strong opioids (sometimes called opiates) are medicines used to treat severe pain. Oxycodone is a type of strong opioid. It is used in particular to treat pain after a surgical operation, and pain caused by cancer. It works on your nervous system and brain to reduce the way you feel pain.
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You may be prescribed oxycodone to take regularly, or only when it is needed for pain relief. Make sure you know which is right for you.
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Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains some of the most common ones associated with oxycodone. You will find a full list in the manufacturer's information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following continue or become troublesome.
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking oxycodone, it is important that your doctor knows:
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Never take more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that you or someone else might have taken an overdose of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
Oxycodone can be taken as capsules or as a liquid medicine, both of which start working quickly to ease pain. It can also be taken as slow-release tablets - these release oxycodone over several hours to provide a more even pain control. It is also available as an injection.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
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