Oxycodone Uses

How Does It Work?

Oxycodone is a narcotic, opioid pain reliever. It binds to opioid receptors throughout the body and produces numerous different effects. These effects include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Pain relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Decreased breathing (slow or shallow breathing)
  • Certain changes in the circulatory system
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Release of histamine (which often causes itching)
  • Physical dependence.
     

Can Children Use It?

Oxycodone is not approved for use in children. However, this does not mean that it cannot be used in children. Make sure to discuss the benefits and risks of using oxycodone in children with your child's healthcare provider.
 

Off-Label Uses for Oxycodone

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend oxycodone for something other than the uses discussed previously in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). In addition to using oxycodone in children, other off-label uses include using oxycodone to treat shortness of breath (known medically as dyspnea), although morphine is the standard treatment for this use.
 
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