Maximum Oxycodone Dosage
As with similar medications, there is no universal, standard maximum dosage for oxycodone
. The maximum dosage that is acceptable in any particular individual is limited by the oxycodone side effects
that occur. In other words, the maximum dose is the dose at which any higher would cause extremely bothersome or even dangerous side effects. This may vary, depending on a number of different factors (such as your tolerance to opioid medications, the severity of your pain, and the particular way your body handles the medication).
For combination products (that combine oxycodone with other active ingredients), the other active ingredients limit how much of the combination product can be taken.
General Dosing Information
Some considerations for people taking oxycodone include the following:
- Oxycodone medications come in tablet, capsule, liquid, or extended-release tablet forms. Oxycodone is available by itself or in combination with other pain medications. The particular directions for each product can vary substantially, so make sure to refer to the information for your specific oxycodone medication.
- When taking oxycodone by mouth, it is probably best to take it with food, as it can be upsetting to the stomach.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose without your healthcare provider's approval. Do not suddenly stop taking oxycodone, especially if you have taken it regularly for more than several weeks (see Oxycodone Withdrawal).
- If you are unsure about anything related to your oxycodone dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.