Many people across the United States take a very powerful and addictive drug called Oxycodone. Although Oxycodone is generally a safe medication for short term to moderate or severe pain, the issue begins when it is prescribed in high doses or is taken over a long time. Each person responds to the medication differently. For some the side effects are a mere annoyance for others they are severe. In most cases, these side effects subside quickly. In others the side effects can be extremely dangerous or deadly, if not properly treated.
Common Short Term Side Effects of Oxycodone
Common short term side effects typically are nothing simply uncomfortable. Usually these side effects subside after a few days of taking it and are generally nothing to worry about. The most common side effects reported are:
- Constipation or inability to have a bowel movement
- Decreases in the ability to feel pain, a side effect that the drug is normally meant for
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
One of the strangest common side effects is a opposite reaction to oxycodone. It does stop the pain but instead of being drowsy and sleepy, a person becomes energetic and unable to sleep. This is sometimes called a slight allergy and not nearly as severe as the typical allergy that causes people to stop taking oxycodone. A severe allergy includes:
- Extreme itching
- Swelling of the tongue or face
If you experience these symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.
Less Common Side Effects
Like any drug, Oxycodone has some less common side effects but they are still important. These less common side effects are:
- Cold sweats
- Difficult or labored breathing
- Tightness in the chest
These side effects do not seem like it but they can turn very severe very quickly. It is important to tell your doctor and ask his or her recommendation on whether to take you off Oxycodone.
Rare and Severe Side Effects
Some side effects are rare but may be a cause for a trip to the emergency room. When these side effects occur, you need to stop taking Oxycodone immediately. These side effects are:
- Blurred vision
- Clay-colored stools
- Cold, clammy skin
- Dark urine
- Irregular, fast, slow, or shallow breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Very slow heartbeat
- Weak pulse
- Yellow eyes or skin
These are signs that something is very very wrong and you need help. Do not wait to call your doctor if you need to go to an emergency room, go.
Another severe Oxycodone side effect is dependence and addiction. If you are showing the sides of addiction or dependence on Oxycodone, you need to find treatment as soon as you can. There are medications besides Oxycodone that can help.