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 579 243
Breakthrough pain 219 84
Fibromyalgia 186 85
Back pain 24 11
Degenerative disc disease 13 9

Show all 158 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 27
Moderate 96
Mild 139
None 117

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxycodone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 88
Drowsiness 22
Nausea 21
Itching 15
Sleepiness 13
Chronic constipation 12

Show all 109 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxycodone

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 22
10 mg four times daily 13
5 mg three times daily 11
10mg as needed 10
10 mg twice daily 9
10 mg three times daily 8
20 mg twice daily 7
10 mg daily 6
5 mg four times daily 6
5 mg daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Oxycodone

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Reason Patients
Other 67
Doctor's advice 64
Did not seem to work 41
Course of treatment ended 38
Side effects too severe 31
Personal research 14
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 213 patients who've stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration

Currently taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 39
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 35
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 261
Usually 70
Sometimes 38
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 38
A little hard to take 71
Not at all hard to take 250
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 9
$50-99 15
$25-49 22
< $25 184
Not specified 145

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxycodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 32
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 24
Tramadol (Ultram) 14
Morphine (Morphine ER) 13
Hydrocodone 7

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxycodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 9
Morphine (Morphine ER) 9
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 6
Tramadol (Ultram) 6
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5

Show all 26 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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