What is Oxycodone?

in Addiction
Published Mar 30, 2021
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Oxycodone is a highly addictive narcotic that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an immediate release, short acting opioid. It is a common misconception to describe Oxycodone and Oxycontin as the same drug. However, Oxycontin is the extended-release formulation of Oxycodone. It is typically prescribed to an individual who is experiencing consistent, ongoing pain such as someone suffering from cancer. Oxycodone is an opioid and as such it must be taken exactly as prescribed, it can sometimes be prescribed as oxycodone 15mg. If it is misused it can lead to dependency, tolerance, and serious health problems.

How Should Oxycodone 15mg be Used?

Before a doctor prescribes a patient Oxycodone, they should be well informed of any health conditions they may have or any medications they take which could possibly interact negatively with the drug. Additionally, the doctor should be assured that the patient fully understands how to take this drug properly and is aware of the possible side effects they may experience. Finally, it is essential that a patient is aware of the highly addictive quality of this drug and that they understand how necessary it is that they take it according to instructions.

Typically, the extended-release capsule form of this drug is to be taken every 12 hours with or without food. It is important that it is taken on a routine schedule. Oxycontin (the extended release) will not dissolve in the mouth, and should be taken with water. Oxycodone (the immediate release) will dissolve in the mouth and the patient should be careful not to chew the tablet.

A doctor will likely start out their patient with a lower dose of this drug and increase it later if the patient’s pain is not being effectively managed. On the other hand, if a patient is experiencing side effects due to Oxycodone, the doctor may decide to lower their dose. It is important that a patient checks in with their doctor while they are on Oxycodone so that their doctor can determine how effectively the drug is working and whether or not the prescription needs to be modified.

What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

The side effects of Oxycodone can range in severity. Some moderate symptoms could include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Changed in sexual drive
  • Mood Changes
  • Flushed Skin
  • Constipation
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dizziness


If any of these symptoms persist, a patient should talk to their doctor about them.

Some more severe symptoms could include but are not limited to:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Hallucinations
  • Hives, itching and/or rash
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Seizures
  • Unusual swelling


If a patient experiences any of these more severe side effects, they should speak with their doctor right away. The doctor may want to discontinue use or go with a different type of treatment.

A patient’s close family members should be aware that they have been prescribed Oxycodone in the case that they do experience potentially dangerous side effects. A patient should also avoid driving a car or using machinery until they know how the drug affects them.

What are the Dangers of Misusing Oxycodone?

If a person misuses Oxycodone, or uses it for an extended amount of time, they face the risk of developing a tolerance to the drug. At this point they have become dependent on the drug. When a person develops a tolerance to Oxycodone, their body will require more and more of it in order to experience the same effects. If they don’t get the drug, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms.

It is important to note that the dangers of misusing Oxycodone, especially Oxycodone 15mg, are heightened if the drug is taken with other illicit substances or with alcohol. This could increase an individual’s risk of possible overdose.

It is crucial to know and be able to recognize the signs of overdose. If someone is experiencing or witnessing the following symptoms, call 911 immediately. These could include:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Slowed Breathing
  • Excessive Tiredness
  • Limp Muscles
  • Widening of Pupils
  • Unresponsiveness


How do I Get Treatment?

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to Oxycodone, especially with Oxycodone 15mg, the first step is to inform your doctor and speak candidly about your substance use. They will be able to be able to provide you with resources and refer you to a treatment facility that will meet your needs. Because the withdrawal symptoms that are associated with discontinued Oxycodone use can be severe, it is often recommended that a patient go through the detoxification process in an in-patient care facility. This way, they can be treated under the 24/7 care of medical professionals. Throughout this time, their symptoms can be monitored and treated.

Oxycodone addiction can lead to many serious health problems and could be fatal. However, recovery is possible. At Gallus Medical Detox Center, we pride ourselves in our Gallus Method of detoxification. We believe that this method is not only the safest way to detox, but the most effective. When a patient comes to our facility, they will be given an individualized treatment plan based upon their needs. They will then be treated through IV therapy during which time medication will swiftly be administered intravenously so the patient can start feeling better right away. They will also be hydrated intravenously and will receive any vitamins they may be deficient in. Before they leave the facility, a patient will be given a recovery plan as well as any other tools they may need to enjoy a successful recovery. We want to help you get your life back. Call us today at (866) 296-5242 and we can answer any questions you may have about our services.