Is Oxycodone an Opioid?
Yes, it is. Oxycodone is a strong pain killer also known as a narcotic analgesic or opioid. Oxycodone is the generic name for this drug. On-brand names for oxycodone include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicodone.
Oxycodone has the greatest potential for abuse and substance dependence. It is as powerful as heroin and affects the nervous system in the same way. [source: drugfreeworld.org]
What is Oxycodone Used For?
It is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain that does not respond to other narcotics (such as pain experienced due to cancer and cancer treatments) and should only be used exactly as prescribed by a doctor. Oxycodone affects the brain’s dopamine receptors, greatly decreasing feelings of pain and elevating feelings of pleasure.
Oxycodone Addiction and Other Side Effects
This potent opioid medication can cause substance dependence and addiction even at normal doses and withdrawal symptoms can occur if the medication is stopped without slowly weaning off the drug.