Oxycodone hydrochloride belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics. It is a depressant drug which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body. Depressant drugs do not necessarily make a person feel depressed. Other depressants include alcohol, cannabis and heroin. Oxycodone is most commonly prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to severe pain. Some people misuse oxycodone to become intoxicated, which can result in serious side effects.

Mixing Oxycodone with Other Drugs


Increased confusion and clumsiness and breathing difficulties.


Delirium, convulsions, respiratory failure, coma and death.

Oxycodone Overdose

If you take a large amount of oxycodone, you could overdose. If you have any of the symptoms below, call an ambulance straight away by dialing 999 or 112:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Small pupils
  • Decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • Extreme drowsiness and loss of consciousness
  • No muscle tone or movement
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat

Side Effects of

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

The effects of taking Oxycodone with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.