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 586 245
Breakthrough pain 219 85
Fibromyalgia 188 86
Back pain 24 11
Degenerative disc disease 13 9

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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
Severe 28
Moderate 97
Mild 140
None 122

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxycodone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 88
Drowsiness 23
Nausea 21
Itching 15
Sleepiness 13
Chronic constipation 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxycodone

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 20
10 mg four times daily 16
10 mg three times daily 10
10mg as needed 9
10 mg twice daily 7
20 mg twice daily 7
10 mg daily 6
5 mg four times daily 6
5 mg three times daily 5
5 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Oxycodone

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Reason Patients
Other 66
Doctor's advice 65
Did not seem to work 42
Course of treatment ended 41
Side effects too severe 31
Personal research 14
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
See all 215 patients who've stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration

Currently taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 36
1 - 6 months 46
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 265
Usually 71
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 72
Not at all hard to take 256
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 9
$50-99 15
$25-49 22
< $25 187
Not specified 150

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxycodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 33
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 24
Tramadol (Ultram) 15
Morphine (Morphine ER) 12
Hydrocodone 7

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxycodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 10
Morphine (Morphine ER) 10
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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53 patient evaluations for Oxycodone

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Sep 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough 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 pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Left arm, both legs)
  • 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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