Generic Name: Oxycodone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Roxicodone is a medicine used to treat moderate to severe pain.

    Roxicodone is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Roxicodone works in your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and affects the way your body responds to pain.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Roxicodone has been shown to help relieve pain.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Roxicodone exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your pain symptoms once you begin using Roxicodone. This is a good indicator that the medicine is working. Your healthcare provider may also ask you questions from time to time to assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: nausea, constipation, vomiting, headache, itching, trouble sleeping, dizziness, weakness, drowsiness.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Serious, life-threatening breathing problems, with symptoms such as shallow breathing (little chest movement while breathing), faintness, dizziness, or confusion.

    Roxicodone has abuse potential. If you have concerns, talk to your healthcare provider for more information about abuse and addiction. Do not share Roxicodone with others and take steps to protect Roxicodone from theft or misuse.

    Sudden fall in your blood pressure with symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Roxicodone if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Roxicodone if you are having breathing problems and there is no emergency medical equipment nearby.

    Do not take Roxicodone if you are having an asthma attack, or if you have severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems.

    Do not take Roxicodone if you have a bowel blockage or narrowing of your stomach or intestines.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Roxicodone. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have trouble breathing or lung problems; a head injury or brain problems; liver, kidney, thyroid, pancreas, gallbladder, or adrenal gland (such as Addison's disease) problems; seizures; an enlarged prostate or problems urinating; mental health problems; a history of drug or alcohol addiction or a family history of these problems; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your previous pain medication and the type and severity of your pain.

    If you have liver or kidney impairment, your healthcare provider will adjust your dose appropriately.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Roxicodone exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Roxicodone without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink alcohol or take prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol while you are taking Roxicodone.

    Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Roxicodone affects you.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Roxicodone is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Roxicodone with the following: alcohol, antidepressant medications known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine), certain pain medicines (such as buprenorphine, butorphanol, nalbuphine, or pentazocine), muscle relaxants (such as cyclobenzaprine), or other medicines that may make you sleepy (such as alprazolam, morphine, or chlorpromazine).

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Roxicodone during pregnancy are unknown. Roxicodone can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Roxicodone. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Roxicodone, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from moisture.

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