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 581 245
Breakthrough pain 219 85
Fibromyalgia 187 86
Back pain 24 11
Degenerative disc disease 13 9

Show all 161 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 28
Moderate 97
Mild 140
None 120

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxycodone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 89
Drowsiness 22
Nausea 21
Itching 15
Sleepiness 13
Chronic constipation 12

Show all 88 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxycodone

Dosage Patients
5mg as needed 20
10 mg four times daily 15
5 mg three times daily 10
10mg as needed 10
10 mg twice daily 9
10 mg three times daily 9
20 mg twice daily 7
5 mg daily 6
10 mg daily 6
5 mg four times daily 6

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Oxycodone

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Reason Patients
Other 67
Doctor's advice 65
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 214 patients who've stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration

Currently taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 43
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 46
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 264
Usually 71
Sometimes 40
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 20
Somewhat hard to take 39
A little hard to take 71
Not at all hard to take 255
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 9
$50-99 15
$25-49 22
< $25 186
Not specified 149

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxycodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 33
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 23
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 22, 2009 (Started Jul 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth, constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation, dry mouth

Jun 23, 2009 (Started Jul 13, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Take exactly as prescribed! NO DEVIATIONS. OxyContin ARE TO BE SWALLOWED WHOLE. NOT BROKEN, CHEWED, OR CRUSHED. TAKING BROKEN, CHEWED, OR CRUSHED OxyContin TABLETS LEADS TO RAPID RELEASE AND ABSORPTION OF A POTENTIALLY FATAL DOSE OF OXYCODONE. be careful what you eat or drink with it. Even a fatty meal can increase its absorption by 27%. Need to take laxative or eat lots of fiber and drink water to prevent constipation.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation, dry mouth

  • 2 helpful marks

Feb 18, 2010 (Started Jan 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: on days when the pain is more difficult i take 1-4 pills to manage the pain
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Feb 15, 2010 (Started Jul 17, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 1 helpful mark
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