Treats moderate to severe pain. Rapid-release oxycodone is a narcotic that is used for immediate pain relief.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Roxicodone, Eth-Oxydose, Oxy IR
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to oxycodone, codeine, hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine, morphine, or brands such as Tylox®, Tylenol® No. 3, Vicodin®. You should not use this medicine if you have severe asthma, or if your intestines are not working properly.
How to Use This Medicine
Capsule, Tablet, Liquid
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, you may open it and mix the medicine pellets with a small amount of applesauce, pudding, juice, or water. Swallow the mixture right away, without chewing or crushing the pellets.
- Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
- If this medicine upsets your stomach, it may be taken with food. Drink plenty of fluids to help avoid constipation.
- Part of the tablet may pass into your stools after you body has absorbed the medicine. This is normal and is nothing to worry about.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using phenothiazines (such as Compazine®, Phenergan®, Serentil®, Thorazine®), muscle relaxers, or an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®).
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine. Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any other medicine for pain relief, or any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, or sedatives).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have emphysema or other breathing problems, stomach problems or intestinal blockage, low blood pressure, seizures, Addison's disease, liver or kidney disease, pancreatitis, prostate disorders, thyroid disorders, problems with urination, or a history of depression, mental illness, alcoholism, head injury, or brain tumor.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- This medicine may cause constipation. This is more common if you use it for a long time. Ask your doctor if you should also use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Cold, clammy skin
- Confusion, lightheadedness, or fainting
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate
- Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, cold or clammy skin
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
- Nausea, vomiting
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04