Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever. Also, taking it can lead to a host of side effects, some which can be mild and others which can be severe. Not everyone who takes oxycodone and other opiates experiences the same side effects. All prescription medications can cause some side effects but individuals can take them without issue. In general Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain and has the potential to cause physical and psychological dependence and addiction. How you tolerate the medication and whether side effects appear depends on several factors including how your body metabolizes the drug, the amount taken and whether or not you are already tolerant to opiates. Oxycodone medications are marketed under a variety of names including OxyContin.
Oxycodone comes in short-acting and long-acting preparations and combination products. Some of these combination products include other active ingredients such as acetaminophen. Side effects can also vary widely depending on the oxycodone product you are taking.
What are Oxycodone Side Effects?
Common Oxycodone Side Effects
Some Oxycodone side effects can also be serious. In general constipation is one of the most commonly reported side effects of opiate use.
Other common effects also include:
- Dry mouth
Serious Oxycodone Side Effects
Some side effects can be more serious and should be reported to a doctor immediately. These can also include:
- Behavior or mood changes
- Severe constipation
- Slowed heart rate
- Low blood pressure,
- Irregular or difficult breathing
- Difficulty with urination
- Severe drowsiness
- Compulsive feeling to keep taking the drug
Dependence and addiction can also be side effects of opiate use.
Side Effects Requiring Immediate Medical Attention
Other serious symptoms which need immediate medical attention include signs of an allergic reaction such as:
- Difficult breathing
Less Commonly Reported Side Effects of Oxycodone Use
Sometimes it’s hard to tell if certain medical problems or discomforts are related to the medication you are taking or something unrelated. Also with oxycodone, there are some less commonly reported side effects that fall into this category. They can also include:
- Neck pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Increased hunger
- Dry skin
- Decreased sex drive
- Missed or irregular menstrual periods
Waismann Method Provides the Safest and also Most Humane Oxycodone Detox
To summarize, professional help is necessary if you are addicted to OxyContin or any other medications containing oxycodone. Many programs use opiates to treat opiate addiction which may lead to another addiction. In fact the Waismann Method of rapid detox doesn’t use opiate replacements. Instead, we offer a world-renowned rapid detox that virtually eliminates withdrawal. Patients sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time while medication cleanses the oxycodone from their opiate receptors. They awake opiate free without awareness of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred while asleep. The Waismann Method offers safe, responsible and completely confidential treatment. Our Domus Retreat aftercare facility is also available for guests who want to continue their recovery in a posh, spa-like atmosphere. Here, you can take advantage of therapy and self-exploration to heal mind, body and spirit.