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Short Term Effects of Oxycodone

For those who may be unaware oxycodone is the active ingredient in a number of opioid pain medications, one of the most well known being Oxycontin. However oxycodone can also be found in Percocet and Percodan.

The drug itself is often times prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and for a time prescriptions of this drug were fairly common place, topping out at 259 million prescriptions written in the United States in 2012 alone. To put this into perspective, that is enough prescriptions to give 77% of the entire US population a prescription to the drug.

This astronomical number of prescriptions written was part of what led to the opioid epidemic we are now facing as a country, and although doctors were the ones doing the prescribing many were unaware of the addictive nature of this substance. This was partly because of the marketing and education campaign that was run by the manufacturers of this drug, where they essentially attempted to reframe the way doctors in the United States looked at prescription opioids and also misled them to believe that the drug was not as addictive as it turned out to be. This later on led to a multi-million dollar lawsuit brought about by the United States government, once it became clear that the education practices were incredibly misleading.

As a result many millions of people fell into opioid addiction, and when the government finally stepped in, to try to help curb the mounting problem, it was already too late, and many people were left floundering in their addiction.

Today, addiction to oxycodone and other opioids is still one of the leading factors of substance abuse treatment admissions, and so if you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from oxycodone addiction please seek professional medical assistance immediately.


The short term effects of oxycodone are among the most varied and dangerous in terms of opioids and opiates, and the reason for this is because of the strength of this drug. While it initially was thought to be a safer alternative to traditional opiates, in the long term it turned out the drug, in particular the extended release form of the drug, was more addictive and more powerful than most opioids that had been on the market.

As a result the short term effects of oxycodone are very similar to those of other opiates, however since these drugs are prescribed by doctors some individuals may be unaware of what to expect when taking them and may be surprised or frightened by how strong the short term effects of oxycodone can be.

One of the most common short terms of oxycodone that people experience is nausea or vomiting. This occurs most frequently within the first week or two of usage, but can occur at anytime during usage, especially if more of the substance is taken then directed.

Going along with this is the second most common short term effect and that is drowsiness. However the drowsiness experienced when taking oxycodone is not similar to that of other drugs such as Benadryl, but rather the individual can become so drowsy that they fall asleep while they are in the middle of having a conversation, or even while eating.

The chance of experiencing one of these negative short term effects, or even experiencing a toxic reaction to the drug increases if it is used recreationally. As these are powerful medications that should only be used as needed, and under the watchful care of a physician, individuals who recreationally use the drug run an elevated risk of becoming addicted, or of experiencing negative side effects that could be life threatening.

Some of the most common short term effects of oxycodone are:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Flushing
  • Headache
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Hypotension
  • Hives
  • Sweating
  • Weakness Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness

If you begin to experience any of these short term effects you should reach out immediately for medical assistance, especially if you start to experience irregular heart rate, hypotension, or seizures.


Coping with the effects produced by oxycodone can be tremendously difficult, and for people who suffer from addiction, their ability to hide these side effects is almost nil in the beginning. The problem is that with time and continued usage, many learn how to manage these symptoms and in turn they learn how to hide their addiction.

As a loved one or friend of an individual abusing oxycodone it is important that you educate yourself on the short term effects, so that you can know what to look for if you believe that your loved one is abusing these substances. While this is not an easy conclusion to come to, nor is it an easy fact to face, it is important to understand that oxycodone addiction is incredibly dangerous and many times leads to overdoses, jails, or death. This is not simply a scare tactic statement, or an over exaggeration, but rather is a statistical probability.

As the loved one of an individual who is abusing oxycodone, it is important that you learn how to take care of yourself and your emotions, because dealing with someone’s addiction can be an incredibly difficult thing to do. No one is inherently equipped to handle addiction and as such, you should seek professional assistance on how to proceed with your loved one’s addiction.

For some people this may mean cutting off ties with them, as watching them experience the short term effects of oxycodone is just too painful to bare. Often times it is also important to understand about addiction, so that you do not enable them in their destructive behaviors, and can hopefully create a scenario where they are able to finally get sober.

So if you or a loved one is suffering from oxycodone addiction, please read the section below so that we can help you find the best treatment options available. It may seem difficult to make that call, as it brings forth the reality of your situation, but it is always better to ask for help if you think it necessary then to sit and wonder what could have been.


If you find that you cannot stop using oxycodone even though you would like to, then you may be suffering from oxycodone addiction. While you may be embarrassed by the fact that you cannot stop using drugs, it is important to understand that addiction is an actual recognizable disease and as such you’re inability to stop on your own should not be a cause for shame or guilt. It is estimated that 1 in 6 adults in the United States suffer from addiction, so you are not alone in your struggles, nor do you have to fight them by yourself. So if you are at the point where you would you like help overcoming your addiction, call us at 1-866-972-7714. We are standing by to provide you with the best treatment and recovery options, so that you can finally leave behind your old life of addiction and start new on the road to recovery. Call now!