What is Oxycodone UK?

It is a prescription medication sold under the brand name OxyContin among other names. Oxycodone is an opioid medication which is also known as narcotic. It was firstly synthesized from thebaine in Germany in 1916. Oxycodone was 54th most prescribed medication in the U.S.

How should I use Oxycodone UK?

You should take this medication exactly as per your doctor’s recommendation. You can take this medication by mouth with or without food as prescribed by your doctor.

Usually, doctors prescribe the lowest dosage at the start of treatment which you can increase during the procedure. You should take immediate-release tablets, capsules, and liquid with food or milk to avoid stomach problems.


Here, we have mentioned some critical dosage which you can take to get the maximum advantage of medication.

Usual adult dose for pain (Immediate release)

  • Initial dosage: You can take 5 mg to 15 mg for every 4-6 hours as needed and advised by your health advisor.
  • Dosage increases: You can increase your daily dosage as per your body responds to pain and doctor’s instructions

Usual Dosage for the Child (0 to 17 years)

Oxycodone should not be used in the people younger than 18 years of age.

Usual adult dosage for pain (Extended-release tablets)

  • Initial dosage: You can take 10 mg every 12 hours as needed, and advised by your doctor.
  • Dosage increases: You can increase your daily dosage as per your body responds to pain and doctor’s instructions

Usual Adult Dosage for Chronic Pain:


  • Initial dosage for the non-tolerant patients: 10 mg orally for every 12 hours
  • Initial dosage for the tolerant patients: A single daily dosage higher than 40 mg
  • Maximum dosage: 80 mg per day

*Immediate release:

Typical starting dosage: 5 mg to 15 mg orally for 4 to 6 hours

You can take this medication also for some other purposes, not given in this medication guide.

Note- Do not chew, break, crush, and open the tablets before taking.

What happens if I miss a dose?

You are advised to take all proper dosage at the time as scheduled by the medication guide and your doctor. If you have missed a dose in any case, use it as soon as you remember but if it is already time for the next dosage, skip the missing dose and take the scheduled one.

Never take two or more than two dosages at one time to make up the missed doses.

What happens if I overdose?

You should not take Oxycodone overdosage; it may cause some adverse effects.

Some frequent and severe effects of an overdose

  • Change in usual breathing pattern or slowed breathing
  • Trouble speaking and change of rhythms
  • Irritability
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Weakness of muscle
  • Bluish skin color
  • Heart failure and slow heart rate
  • Coma
  • Low B.P.

If you or some other near you had taken the overdosage of Oxycodone, call professionals immediately or seek the advice of the American Association of Poison control centers at 800-222-1222.

Oxycodone UK Side Effects:

Oxycodone may cause some frequent and severe side effects, which are possible due to misuse of the medication. You are advised to take medication as prescribed by your doctor as per your physical and mental condition.

Less Common:

  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Cold sweats
  • Labored or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Faintness, dizziness, or lightheadedness when changing the sitting position
  • Twitching

Rare Effects:

  • Bloating or swelling of the arms, face, hands, lower legs or feet
  • Burning during urination
  • Blood in urine
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • The decrease in the frequency of urination
  • Decreased urine output
  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Dry mouth and dizziness
  • Fast, pounding and irregular heartbeat or pulse
  • Feeling of heat
  • Redness of the skin, especially on the neck and face
  • Headache
  • Increased thirst
  • Trembling and shaking of the hands and feet, etc.