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.
Oxycodone is usually swallowed but is sometimes injected or used as a suppository. To prevent tablets being injected by people who misuse them, they were reformulated in 2014. The tablets are now resistant to crushing and become a thick gel when added to water. They also have controlled release properties, even as a gel.
Increased confusion and clumsiness and breathing difficulties.
Delirium, convulsions, respiratory failure, coma and death.
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:
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.