Oxycodone Warnings and Precautions
Before using oxycodone, precautions and warnings should be reviewed with your healthcare provider to help minimize risks. Check with your healthcare provider before taking this drug if you have certain health conditions, such as lung disease, asthma, or a head injury. Safety precautions with oxycodone also apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Oxycodone?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking oxycodone hydrochloride if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence
- Lung disease of any sort
- A head injury or high intracranial pressure
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Gallbladder or pancreas disease
- Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Addison's disease
- An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.