What is Oxycodone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Oxycodone IR Roxicodone Oxycodone ER 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 598 251
Breakthrough pain 222 89
Fibromyalgia 193 91
Back pain 24 12
Degenerative disc disease 17 13

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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 28
Moderate 100
Mild 146
None 127

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxycodone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 25
Nausea 22
Itching 15
Sleepiness 14
Chronic constipation 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxycodone

Dosage Patients Percentage
5mg as needed 13
10 mg four times daily 9
10 mg three times daily 7
5 mg three times daily 5
15 mg twice daily 4
5 mg twice daily 3
5 mg four times daily 3
20 mg twice daily 3
15 mg three times daily 3
10mg as needed 3

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Why patients stopped taking Oxycodone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 68
Other 68
Course of treatment ended 43
Did not seem to work 43
Side effects too severe 32
Personal research 13
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 8
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Duration

Currently taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 38
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 36
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 274
Usually 75
Sometimes 41
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 74
Not at all hard to take 268
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 4
$100-199 9
$50-99 15
$25-49 25
< $25 194
Not specified 154

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxycodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 35
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 24
Tramadol (Ultram) 17
Morphine (Morphine ER) 12
Hydrocodone 7

Show all 33 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxycodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 11
Morphine (Morphine ER) 10
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 6

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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53 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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