A 36-year-old male asked:
Please describe the medication: oxycodone?
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
It's an opiate: Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate derived from codeine. It is far more potent (5 mg of oxycodone = 30-60 mg of codeine) because it is better absorbed and isn't extensively metabolized in the liver. It also has far fewer side effects, especially histamine release, than does Codeine or morphine, and it hits the brain very fast. It therefore has very high abuse potential, similar to heroin.
Answered on Dec 17, 2018
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