Oxycodone Contraindications

Not everyone can take the powerful opioid painkiller oxycodone. This medication is intended for moderate to severe pain but is contraindicated for people with certain medical conditions. It can also interfere badly with other medications, so some people may not be able to take it because of this. Significant health risks could develop if people for whom the medication is contraindicated take oxycodone.

Oxycodone is a narcotic medication that depresses the central nervous system and could affect breathing. People who are allergic to products that contain oxycodone should not take it. These include Percocet, OxyContin and Roxicodone. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, difficult breathing or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.

Breathing and Intestinal Issues Can Be Compounded By Oxycodone

People who have significant respiratory depression should also not take oxycodone because it can compound the problem. It is also contraindicated in people who have acute or severe bronchial asthma or hypercarbia. This condition is marked by excess carbon dioxide in the blood. This can be caused by hypoventilation, lung disease or diminished consciousness. Symptoms of this condition include flushed skin, full pulse, muscle twitching, reduced neural activity, elevated blood pressure, headache, confusion and lethargy, disorientation and convulsions.

Prescription painkillers such as oxycodone are notorious for causing constipation. Doctors may not prescribe oxycodone for people who already have some intestinal issues. This includes intestinal obstruction, also known as paralytic ileus. Partial or complete blockage of the bowels can be very painful and dangerous also.

Oxycodone May Not Be Right For People With Prior Addiction or Other Conditions

Doctors may take a number of factors into consideration before prescribing a potent medication such as oxycodone. This could include whether or not a patient has become addicted to any drugs or alcohol in the past. This is because they are more susceptible to developing opioid addiction if they take these medications, especially over the long term. They may also decide to forego oxycodone therapy among people who have any of the following:

  • Morbid obesity
  • Slow or abnormal heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Emphysema
  • Ulcerated colon
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Seizures
  • Brain lesions
  • Head injury
  • High pressure within the skull
  • Brain tumor
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Psychosis