Oxycodone is used with caution in the elderly, debilitated patients, and in patients with serious lung disease because it can depress breathing.
Oxycodone can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery.
Oxycodone is habit forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief. If oxycodone is suddenly withdrawn after prolonged use, symptoms of withdrawal may develop. The dose of oxycodone should be gradually reduced in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Which drugs or supplements interact with oxycodone?
Oxycodone, like other narcotic pain-relievers, increases the effects of drugs that slow brain function, such as:
Skeletal muscle relaxants, for example, carisoprodol (Soma), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)
Benzodiazepines, for example, lorazepam (Ativan)
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