Oxycodone is a type of opioid narcotic found in many different prescription pain relievers. This medication has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. Because the drug is a controlled substance, there are special rules for prescribing and obtaining it. It comes in several forms (such as tablets, liquid, capsule, and extended-release tablets). Possible side effects may include nausea, headaches, and drowsiness.

What Is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone hydrochloride is an opioid pain reliever. It is an active ingredient in many different prescription medications. It is available by itself (in both short- and long-acting products) or in combination with other active ingredients.
Oxycodone is a narcotic and is a "controlled substance" in the United States.
(Click Oxycodone Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Abuse Potential

Oxycodone has a significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. In fact, it is classified as a controlled substance, meaning that there are special rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining the medication. Because oxycodone can be a desirable drug of abuse, people often try to buy it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. It is readily available and relatively inexpensive (at least in generic form), making it a popular drug of abuse.
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