Oxycodone works directly on opioid receptors in the central nervous system and reduces feelings of pain by interrupting the way nerves signal pain between the brain and the body.
Oxycodone is derived from the poppy plant. It binds to the mu opioid receptor and blocks the feeling of pain. Since oxycodone works in the pleasure centers of the brain, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. For this reason, oxycodone is classified as a federal controlled substance (C-II).
Oxycodone and hydrocodone are powerful narcotic painkillers. Both are available only with a prescription from your doctor. Both interfere with your central nervous system’s pain signals. They prevent the nerves in your body from sending pain signals to your brain.
Oxycodone and hydrocodone are chemically very similar, and both belong to the opioid class of drugs. This means that the effects of a hydrocodone high are very similar to those of an oxycodone high.
Some possible side effects that the two drugs share are:
Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. People who take the medication usually do so on an around-the-clock basis until the doctor ends their prescription or tells them to stop taking it. In other words, oxycodone shouldn’t be taken on an as-needed basis the way you would take over-the-counter painkillers.
Hydrocodone is also used to treat moderate to severe pain caused by a chronic condition, injury, or surgery. Like oxycodone, it should only be taken as prescribed by your doctor. This is important because of the risk of addiction. Perhaps because of the way it’s prescribed, hydrocodone appears more likely to cause dependency than oxycodone.
The main difference between oxycodone and hydrocodone is that oxycodone drugs are a 12-hour release drug while hydrocodone is an instant release painkiller when it is in its most common form available and mixed with acetaminophen. When it is prescribed on its own it is also a time released formula. One of the other differences in hydrocodone and oxycodone is that hydrocodone has a higher likelihood for negative side effects to occur.
Both hydrocodone and oxycodone can make you feel “high” and have strong effects, but oxycodone is considered stronger and more likely to lead to addiction than hydrocodone.
Norco (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) and oxycodone both contain an opioid analgesic and antitussive (cough suppressant) and are used to treat moderate to fairly severe pain. Their side effects are similar, which includes; anxiety, dizziness anxiety, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, stomach or abdominal pain or upset, blurred vision or other vision problems, or dry mouth.
Morphine and oxycodone are considered as widely-spread used opioids for moderate/severe cancer pain.