Oxycodone - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Oxycodone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Oxycodone with or without food. Do not take with high fat meals. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the sustained release or controlled release tablet, swallow it whole. Do not break, chew or crush the tablet.

Do not stop taking Oxycodone unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have any lung disease e.g. asthma, breathing problems or a condition called “paralytic ileus” wherein the bowel does not work properly, as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Oxycodone if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine known as monoamine oxidase inhibitor (used for treating depression) in the last 14 days.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have any of the following:

- liver disease
- kidney disease
- thyroid disease
- bowel disease
- history of drug abuse
- head injury
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- prostate enlargement or difficulty urinating
- mood disorders
- excessive drinking or problems related to drug or alcohol withdrawal

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Oxycodone.
What side effects could I experience?
Oxycodone may cause drowsiness and dizziness. It may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: weakness, headache, rash, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, dry mouth and sweating.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience difficulty breathing, extreme drowsiness, changes in your heartbeat and severe dizziness or confusion.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Do not take Oxycodone if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine known as monoamine oxidase inhibitor (used for treating depression) in the last 14 days.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- antibiotics e.g. rifampicin, telithromycin, erythromycin
- medicines for the stomach e.g. cimetidine
- medicines to treat HIV e.g. ritonavir, indinavir
- medicines for sleep disorders e.g. midazolam
- medicines for fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, voriconazole

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Oxycodone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol, St John's wort and grapefruit juice.

Avoid having high fat meals as it increases the effect of controlled-release Oxycodone.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on oxycodone - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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