Oxycodone is a central nervous system depressant that is used clinically for the management of moderate to severe pain. It's the narcotic ingredient in medications including Percocet and OxyContin. Care should be taken when using Oxycodone for pain. There are certain risks and interactions that can occur, and it's best to know this information before therapy begins. Talking to your doctor can help you navigate potential complications and increase odds of safe use.
Using Oxycodone with other substances that depress the central nervous system can cause serious complications, including death. The combination can cause respiration and breathing rates to decrease. This can lead to a possible loss of consciousness that can progress to coma or death. Other substances that have this effect include benzodiazepines, sedatives/hypnotics, tranquilizers, other opioids, general anesthetics and alcohol. Oxycodone and other opioids can also increase the neuromuscular blocking action of skeletal muscle relaxants, increasing the degree of respiratory depression.
Chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression often go hand in hand. Managing all of these conditions at the same time can be challenging for doctors because many of these medications can have the effect of central nervous system depression. Doctors can help to design a pain management program that can also address these other issues.
Oxycodone Safe Use Hinges on Patients Being Well Informed
The best way to ensure safety when taking Oxycodone is to let your doctor know about all medications you are taking. You should also include information about all over-the-counter medications, vitamins and dietary supplements you are taking. For example, Percocet contains Oxycodone and acetaminophen, a non-narcotic analgesic that can be toxic at high levels. It's very important that you let your doctor know if you are taking any medications with acetaminophen.
Safe use of Oxycodone is best accomplished when patients adhere to prescription instructions and heed all warnings. Oxycodone is a Schedule II Controlled Substance that has the potential to be abused and to lead to opioid dependence and addiction. Misuse or abuse of any kind is very dangerous and can lead to dependence, addiction or overdose. Patients who develop an Oxycodone dependence may need opioid detox.