oxycodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta

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GENERIC NAME: oxycodone

BRAND NAMES: OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Oxycodone is a strong narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine, codeine, and hydrocodone. The precise mechanism of action is not known but may involve stimulation of opioid receptors in the brain. Oxycodone does not eliminate the sensation of pain but decreases discomfort by increasing the tolerance to pain. In addition to tolerance to pain, oxycodone also causes sedation and depression of respiration. The FDA approved oxycodone in 1976.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Oxycodone is prescribed for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment with a narcotic, and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate for the relief of moderate to severe pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/25/2015

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