Oxycodone is a prescription drug. It comes in five forms:
All forms of this drug are oral, which means they’re taken by mouth. (Immediate-release drugs are released into the bloodstream right away. Extended-release drugs are released into the bloodstream slowly over time.)
Oxycodone immediate-release tablets are available as the brand-name drugs Oxaydo, Roxicodone, and Roxybond. Oxycodone extended-release tablets are available as the brand-name drug OxyContin.
Oxycodone immediate-release tablets are available as generic drugs. There is no generic version of the extended-release tablets. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug.
Oxycodone may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.
Oxycodone is a controlled substance. That means it can only be used under a doctor’s close supervision.
Why it’s used
Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It can be used short term or long term, depending on your condition.
How it works
Oxycodone belongs to a class of drugs called opioid agonists. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
Oxycodone is similar to a group of natural substances in the brain called endorphins. These substances work to decrease the pain messages that your body sends to your brain. By mimicking these substances, oxycodone decreases the amount of pain your brain thinks you’re having.