What is Oxycodone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Oxycodone IR Oxycodone ER Roxicodone Show all

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Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is available in both immediate release (IR) and extended release (ER) preparations. Oxycodone is often combined with acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin, or ibuprofen in brand-name drugs.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 697 254
Breakthrough pain 254 96
Fibromyalgia 210 87
Sickle cell disease 56 0
Postherpetic neuralgia 53 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 29
Moderate 101
Mild 154
None 131

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxycodone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 25
Nausea 23
Sleepiness 16
Itching 14
Chronic constipation 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxycodone

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg three times daily 4
5 mg three times daily 3
10 mg four times daily 3
5mg as needed 3
15 mg twice daily 2
20 mg twice daily 2
30 mg three times daily 2
5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
5 mg four times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Oxycodone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 71
Other 70
Did not seem to work 44
Course of treatment ended 43
Side effects too severe 37
Personal research 16
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 8
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Duration

Currently taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 38
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 11
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 283
Usually 79
Sometimes 42
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 73
Not at all hard to take 282
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 10
$50-99 16
$25-49 25
< $25 202
Not specified 158

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxycodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 40
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 26
Tramadol (Ultram) 19
Morphine (Morphine ER) 13
Hydrocodone 7

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxycodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 17
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 14
Morphine (Morphine ER) 14
Tramadol (Ultram) 12
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 10

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52 patient evaluations for Oxycodone

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Sep 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have a varied history with Oxycodone. I took it for quite some time in combination with Ambien and it TOTALLY made me a walking vegetable! I forgot many important details and occasions because of it. My spouse developed a real hatred for the med and did not see why it was affecting me this way. He resorted to hiding the bottle from me and it took an active intervention by my daughter to restore my needed meds to me and get me off of Ambien. I now rarely take it as it causes continual constipation, but it is a good tool to have available when the pain becomes too great. I also moved out of my husband's residence which has decreased my need for Oxycodone and Alprazolam for my depression-anxiety related issues.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 22, 2016 (Started Jun 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Left arm, both legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I'm still in a lot of pIn! Unlike others I don't have any numbness. Only pain!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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Nov 10, 2015 (Started Jul 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 240 x 5 mg/5 mL Four times daily
Advice & Tips: Managed fine. No unexpected benefits, didn't affect my daily life.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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