Some chronic pain patients, particularly in Florida, are finding it difficult to fill their oxycodone prescriptions at their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are telling them they don't have any oxycodone. But is that true? Maybe, maybe not.
Technically, according to the DEA, there is no shortage of oxycodone. Pharmaceutical companies are producing it at normal levels. What is in short supply are pharmacists who are willing and able to fill your prescription.
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Florida has had a huge problem with unscrupulous doctors prescribing and often also dispensing large quantities of opioids, primarily oxycodone, from storefront operations commonly called “pill mills.” According to a 2011 NPR report, doctors in Florida were prescribing 10 times more oxycodone than all the other U.S. states combined.
In an effort to curb this oxy epidemic, the DEA began cracking down not only on Florida doctors, but also on pharmacies and wholesale drug dis...
It's not unusual for people living with chronic pain to also be dealing with some depression and/or anxiety . But if you're taking an opioid like oxycodone for the pain and also taking an herbal supplement containing St. John's Wort, you may unknowingly be reducing the effectiveness of your pain medication. A small study in Finland found that when St. John's Wort and oxycodone were taken together, the plasma concentration of oxycodone decreased by 50 percent and its half-life (the time it takes for half the drug to be elimitated from the body) was shortened by 27 percent. The reason for the significant decrease in oxycodone's effectiveness may lie in the fact that St. John’s wort is a well-known to induce CYP450 liver enzymes, which play an important role in the metabolism of many opioids. Although oxycodone was the only opioid tested, it would be logical to think that other opioids which are metabolized through the CYP450 pathways might be similarly...
Generic Name: OXYCODONE CONCENTRATE SOLUTION - ORAL Pronounced: (OX-i-KOE-done) Oxycodone Oral Uses
This medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe
pain. Oxycodone belongs to a class of drugs known as narcotic (opiate)
analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to
How To Use Oxycodone Oral
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to
take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to
decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head
movement as possible).
Use the provided medicine dropper to carefully measure the
dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Do
not confuse the dose in milligrams (mg) with the dose in milliliters (mL). You
may mix the dose with a small amount of juice, water, applesauce or pudding.
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