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What should I know about oxycodone before taking it?

You should know that oxycodone can be addictive and is a drug that has been abused. You will need to discontinue taking it gradually to avoid having withdrawal symptoms. Never let anyone else use your prescription of oxycodone. Take oxycodone with a full glass of water, and never take more than the prescribed amount. You should not drink alcohol while taking oxycodone because serious, even fatal reactions can occur when they are combined. Don't take other central nervous system (CNS) depressants while taking oxycodone, because side effects may increase dangerously when they are used together. Do not drive or operate machinery while taking oxycodone, because it can affect your thinking and judgment.
 
Narcotics can cause you to become constipated, so ask your doctor if you need a stool softener. If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking oxycodone. Tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions. You might not be able to take oxycodone if you have low blood pressure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other breathing disorders, kidney disease, epilepsy or seizure disorders, mental illness or a history of drug abuse. Thyroid conditions, gallbladder disorders, disorders of your stomach or pancreas or intestines, adrenal disorders, urinary disorders, an enlarged prostate, history of head injury or brain tumor or curvature of the spine are all conditions that may keep you from taking oxycodone. Because oxycodone is metabolized by the liver, you may not be able to take it if you have liver disease.
 
Do not take more oxycodone than your doctor has prescribed. Overdoses can be fatal. Overdose symptoms include: extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, confusion, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, fainting, weak pulse, coma, blue lips, shallow breathing or no breathing. If you feel you or someone else has taken too much oxycodone, call 911 to get emergency help immediately.

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