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Side effects of Oxycodone

Although there are many side effects of oxycodone, some are very serious.


Oxycodone, also known as OxyContin in its slow-release form, is an opiate on the same level as heroin and morphine. In fact, studies show that it is actually more potent than morphine by between 1.3 and 1.7 times. Most likely as a result of this, the most harmful of the side effects of Oxycodone to individuals and communities, is addiction. Oxycodone/OxyContin has become the second most abused narcotic in America today, being second only to crack cocaine. If left unchecked, an addiction to the drug may lead to withdrawal being another one of the potential side effects of Oxycodone. One reflection of this is the increased frequency of armed robberies, where the perpetrators demanded only Oxycodone/OxyContin.


Some other harmful side effects of Oxycodone, though less common, include difficulty in breathing, seizures, dizziness, weakness, irregular heartbeat, cold or clammy skin, and loss of consciousness. Side effects of Oxycodone can also be serious when used in conjunction with other medication, and have can harmful effects on a newborn baby if the mother was taking Oxycodone during her pregnancy.

Side Effects of Oxycodone
Side Effects of Oxycodone


Other more common side effects of Oxycodone that may occur (and for which a doctor should be consulted) are constipation, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, lightheadedness, confusion, sweating and itching, and a decreased sex drive.

 While most side effects of Oxycodone are personal and physical, as mentioned, the most harmful of the side effects of Oxycodone, addiction, can cause harm, not only to the individual, but also to his/her family and/or community. For this reason, it is important that if you or anyone you know is suffering from an addiction to Oxycodone, or other harmful side effects of Oxycodone, you should contact a health professional immediately.