Side Effects of Oxycodone

Oxycodone, though semi-artificial, is derived from opium and therefore is an opiate, like morphine and heroin. It is not as addictive as morphine, but its side effects are just as prevalent. Like any narcotic drug, legal or otherwise, there are risks and side effects involved when using these substances, and oxycodone is no exception.

Oxycodone Side Effects (As Treated)

Doctors, surgeons or pain specialist will prescribe oxycodone as a medication according to the patient’s response level to pain and the ability to tolerate side effects of such dosage.

The following are some of the more common side effects of a supervised dose:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Sweat
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Itching
  • Headache

The most common side effects that occur while taking oxycodone are nausea, constipation, and drowsiness with over 24 percent of people experiencing these symptoms.

It is also very common to experience non-allergic itching while taking oxycodone – up to 13 percent of people experience it. Unrelated to any allergy, oxycodone causes a release of histamine which will result in itching. If the only allergy symptom you develop is itching, you are most likely not allergic to the drug. There are medications available to help the itching so tell your healthcare provider if you are experiencing this side effect.

Oxycodone Side Effects (Abuse)

Although most oxycodone abusers start out with prescribed amounts of medication, it can quickly turn into a habitual and addictive lifestyle as opiate narcotics have adverse withdrawal effects. The majority of oxycodone-related deaths have happened with people who abused oxycodone by taking it in large quantities with alcohol or benzodiazepines. Do not drink alcohol while using this drug. When alcohol is combined with oxycodone, serious side effects and even death can occur. Check your food and medicine labels as well to make sure that they do not contain any alcohol.

The following are the side effects from over dosage and abuse of oxycodone infused painkillers:

  • Respiratory arrest
  • Confusion
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Fainting
  • Pupil constriction
  • Fast or slow heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Suspended breathing
  • Seizures
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Severe dizziness
  • Low resting heart rate
  • Slowed or difficult breathing
  • Vision changes
  • Tremors
  • Death

It is important to note that respiratory depression is a severe complication of oxycodone and is especially a concern in elderly or debilitated patients. Respiratory depression usually occurs after a large dose in non-tolerant patients or when other opioids are taken along with it.

Overuse and abuse can also contribute to severe allergic reactions. The following are some of the side effects:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the tongue, mouth, face or lips
  • Hives
  • Tightness in chest
  • Difficulty breathing

Overuse and abuse of oxycodone can also lead to convulsions if the user has history of the following:

  • Epilepsy
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Head trauma
  • Central nervous system infection
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Seizures

Oxycodone Side Effect Warnings

Some patients with persistent disorders prior to being prescribed oxycodone can have adverse effects magnified and should be treated with extreme supervision. Below are the conditions:

  • Pancreatitus
  • Excessive CO2 blood count
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Pre-existing respiratory depression
  • Drug related psychosis
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Decreased respiratory reserves
  • Respiratory disorder affecting right ventricle of the heart
  • Circulatory shock
  • Semi-consciousness or coma
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Severe liver or kidney disease
  • Bowel disorders or obstruction of bowels
  • Significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Adrenal or thyroid problems
  • Spinal deformities impacting lungs
  • Urinating difficulty
  • Alcoholism

What Should I do if I’m Experiencing Side Effects?

If you have been taking oxycodone and have experienced a side effect listed in this article, you should let your healthcare provider know. Unfortunately, your healthcare provider will not be able to tell beforehand if you will have any side effects or reactions to this drug. Therefore be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you think you may be experiencing side effects or if something “just does not seem right.”

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