Acetaminophen is used as a pain reliever in patients suffering from mild to moderate pain conditions. It belongs to the group of medication called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID’s), which relieves mild to moderate pain by increasing the threshold to sensing pain. The combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen in a single medication achieves greater pain relief than taken individually.
Oxycodone Acetaminophen drug combination is available in various dosage forms of tablets, capsules, and solution. It is available only through doctor’s prescription and can also be used in conditions other than pain.
How to use Oxycodone Acetaminophen safely
The combination drug containing Oxycodone and Acetaminophen should be taken as directed by the physician, not lee not more than what was recommended. The drug can be taken with or without food, but when taken along with food, it prevents gastrointestinal discomforts like nausea and vomiting.
The drug dosage often prescribed by the physician will depend on the condition being treated. The drug dose should neither be increased, nor be taken for a long periods of time than prescribed. Abrupt stoppage of the medication is also not safe, as it may create unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include muscle aches, sweating, nausea, runny nose, watering eyes, and restlessness.
Oxycodone Acetaminophen 5-325 combination drug may not work effectively when taken for a long period of time. If the drug stops working properly, it should be notified to the health care provider immediately.
Also, oxycodone may rarely cause addiction. This risk is high when the patient has abused drugs or alcohol in the past. However, to minimize the risk of addition, the drug should be taken as prescribed by the health care provider.
Before using Acetaminophen-Oxycodone
Before taking this medication, it is advisable to inform the health care provider about other medical conditions like problems in urination, diarrhea caused by infection, intestinal or stomach problems, past or present use/abuse of drugs or alcohol, mood or mental disorders, liver disease, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, trouble in breathing, or brain disorders.
Individuals who are allergic to either drug should avoid taking this medication. It may cause drowsiness or dizziness after use, so driving or working on dangerous machines should be avoided after taking this medication.
Like any other pain relief medication, this drug may also causes certain unwanted side effects on the individual. However, not all the side effects given below may occur, but when they occur, medical help should be sought immediately. Some side effects do not require any medical attention. They may fade away when the body gets used to the medication. However, side effects that are bothersome and severe, medical intervention is necessary. The physician may be able to inform the patient about ways to reduce or prevent such side effects.
Common side effects
More common side effects of the medication may include gastrointestinal upset like constipation, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, black or tarry stool, light colored stools, or loss of appetite. Other side effects include yellow skin or eyes, vomiting of blood, unusual weakness or tiredness, rash, itching, headache, fever, dizziness, dark urine, or chills.
Rare side effects
Certain side effects of the medication are not common, which includes cough or hoarseness, unusual bleeding or bruising, lower back or side back pain, general feeling of weakness or tiredness, fever with or without chills, painful or difficulty in urination, and ulcers, sores, and white spots on the mouth or lips.
Some rare but serious side effects may include unusual drowsiness, difficulty in waking up, shallow or slow breathing, seizure, fainting, and mental or mood changes. A very serious allergic reaction to this medication is very rare. However, any allergic reactions such as rash, trouble breathing, severe dizziness, swelling of face, tongue, lips or throat, or itching should be consulted with the health care provider immediately.