Oxycodone is a type of prescription pain reliever that belongs to the narcotic group of analgesics. Like other types of pain medication, oxycodone can cause stomach irritation and nausea in some individuals. Taking this medication with certain kinds of food, while avoiding other types of food, may help prevent digestive discomfort. Tell your doctor about any side effects that you experience, such as stomach discomfort, when taking prescription medications.
Oxycodone comes in a variety of preparations, including capsules, extended release tablets and liquid solution. Take the medication in accordance with your doctor’s recommendation and the label instructions. MayoClinic.com suggests taking the extended release tablets on an empty stomach. Do not chew this form of oxycodone or take it with food or milk. You can take the liquid and capsule forms with food, unless your doctor or pharmacist advises otherwise.
MedlinePlus advises taking the oxycodone concentrate solution with a semi-solid food or juice. Suitable semi-solid foods include pudding and applesauce. Measure and mix the prescribed dose with the food, making sure you ingest the entire amount to obtain the full dose of oxycodone. Bland, unseasoned foods tend to minimize your risk of stomach discomfort.
Foods to Avoid
Oxycodone can cause nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite. Taking the medication with certain types of foods can increase these feelings of abdominal discomfort and digestive upset. If you experience indigestion, eliminate foods that can aggravate indigestion, including greasy and spicy foods. Gradually add suspect foods back into your diet to determine which ones aggravate symptoms of indigestion. Too much caffeine and alcohol can also increase your risk of stomach pain and nausea. Keeping a food diary can help you determine which foods cause discomfort.
Always take prescription narcotics exactly as your doctor or the manufacturer’s instructions recommend. Tell your doctor about any chronic digestive problems you have or existing abdominal pain, prior to taking oxycodone. Avoid taking other medications that also tend to irritate your stomach lining, such as aspirin, antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, while you are taking oxycodone. Continued or prolonged use of oxycodone may increase the likelihood of stomach upset, constipation and other symptoms. Notify your doctor of severe or sudden abdominal pain, unintentional weight loss and the appearance of blood in your stool or vomit.