Your healthcare provider will recommend a starting dosage of oxycodone based on several factors, such as the particular oxycodone product, other medications you are taking, and other medical conditions you may have. In most cases, your healthcare provider will likely start you on a low dose of a short-acting oxycodone medication and increase your dose as necessary and as tolerated. If continued pain control is needed, your healthcare provider may switch you to a longer-acting oxycodone product.
Oxycodone Dosage: An IntroductionThe dose of oxycodone hydrochloride that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The particular oxycodone product
- The type and dose of other painkillers you have taken
- The severity of your pain
- How you respond to oxycodone
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Oxycodone Dosing for PainThere is great variation in the dosage of oxycodone that can be tolerated and that will effectively relieve pain, depending on several factors. People who have taken oxycodone or other similar medications for a long time may need (and may tolerate) large doses. Also, some people seem to naturally be more sensitive to oxycodone than others.
Most likely, your healthcare provider will start you on a low dose of a short-acting oxycodone product and increase your dose as necessary and as tolerated. Once you are on a stable dose (if continued pain control is needed), you may be switched to a longer-acting product. Short-acting products are usually taken every four to six hours as needed for pain, while long-acting products are taken every 12 hours around the clock.