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Side Effects of Oxycocet

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Gail Morris has been writing extensively since 1997. She completed a master's degree in nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and practiced in medicine for more than 20 years. Morris has published medical articles in peer-reviewed journals and now writes for various online publications and freelances for Internet marketers.
Side Effects of Oxycocet
Oxycocet is used for moderate to severe pain for short periods because of dependency. Photo Credit Design Pics/Design Pics/Getty Images


Oxycocet is an analgesic used to treat pain when individuals are suffering from migraines, fibromyalgia, back and neck pain or generalized pain. Physicians use it only when pain is rated moderate to severe because of the high rate of side effects and dependency. The medication is often combined with acetaminophen and may be marketed as oxycodone, Endocet or Tylox. Side effects of the medication are tied to the bodily systems which are affected by the narcotic.


Many of the respiratory side effects from oxycocet are linked to allergic reactions an individual may have from the medication or overuse of the medication and respiratory depression. These side effects include bronchospasm, pulmonary edema, hypoventilation, laryngeal edema, hyperpnea and dyspnea, according to RxList.com. In more severe cases it can lead to apnea and respiratory arrest.


Gastrointestinal side effects can cause a great deal of distress in individuals who are already being treated for moderate to severe pain. According to MayoClinic.com, these gastrointestinal symptoms can include abdominal or stomach pain, constipation, light colored stools, loss of appetite, nausea, unpleasant breath odor or black, tarry stools. Individuals who experience these side effects should speak with their prescribing physician in order to determine if the analgesic should be changed.


Severe allergic reactions can be exhibited as rash, hives and swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, according to Drugs.com. Other hypersensitivity reactions can include skin eruptions, red skin reactions, and itchy skin. While uncomfortable, they may not represent a significant health risk if the individual is not suffering an allergic reaction.

Hematologic and Cardiovascular

Hypersensitivity reactions can also result in changes in the blood. According to Drugs.com, these changes can include low white blood count, low platelet count, low red blood count, and hemolytic anemia. Cardiovascular side effects may be associated with an allergic reaction and can include circulatory depression, hypotension and shock. Individuals may also experience chest pain or chest discomfort, even without an allergic response.


The potential for abuse is considered to be as high as morphine and is a sought after product among individuals who are addicted to opiates. Other psychiatric side effects include insomnia, confusion, anxiety, nervousness, depression, suicide, hallucinations and agitation, according to RxList.com. Dependence can develop quickly and the drug should not be withdrawn abruptly. The withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of morphine and characterized by yawning, increased heart rate, restlessness, muscle aches, alternating chills and hot flashes, salvation, severe sneezing, runny nose and increased blood pressure.

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