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 542 216
Breakthrough pain 204 82
Fibromyalgia 180 78
Chronic pain 26 9
Back pain 20 10
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 13 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
Severe 26
Moderate 95
Mild 120
None 105

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxycodone

Side effect Patients
Constipation 78
Nausea 23
Drowsiness 19
Sleepiness 13
Dry mouth 10
Itching 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxycodone

Dosage Patients
5 mg three times daily 13
5mg as needed 12
10 mg three times daily 9
10 mg daily 8
5 mg four times daily 8
10 mg four times daily 8
10mg as needed 8
10 mg twice daily 7
5 mg twice daily 6
20 mg twice daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Oxycodone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 60
Doctor's advice 58
Did not seem to work 42
Course of treatment ended 37
Side effects too severe 28
Personal research 14
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
See all 197 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration

Currently taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Oxycodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 45
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 233
Usually 69
Sometimes 35
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 36
A little hard to take 64
Not at all hard to take 228
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 8
$50-99 13
$25-49 21
< $25 171
Not specified 129

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxycodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 25
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 18
Tramadol (Ultram) 11
Morphine (Morphine ER) 7
Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER) 6

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxycodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 8
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 7
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans Transdermal Patch) 3
Fentanyl Transdermal Patch (Duragesic) 3
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 3

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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53 patient evaluations for Oxycodone

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25yrRA
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25yrRA
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See 25yrRA's full Oxycodone history

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Sep 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Excitability, 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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jackconrad
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jackconrad
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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Aug 18, 2016 (Started Aug 03, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: TAKE WITH FOOD.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

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SarulaDawn
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SarulaDawn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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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