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What is the difference between Oxycodone and Suboxone?

Asked by B. Wright, Last updated: Oct 11, 2019

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H. Reyes

H. ReyesScience Teacher, California
Science Teacher, California

Answered on Sep 05, 2019

Oxycodone happens to be a drug that is used to alleviate or address severe pain. But this drug needs to be controlled when taking it, as abuse or overdose of this drug can lead to addiction. Moreover, to control or alleviate the addiction to this abuse, suboxone drug can be used. Oxycodone, however, should not be taken without a prescription from the doctor because of its side effects. The intake of alcohol should be avoided when or after taking this drug, and should also be kept away from where anybody could just reach and use it.

Though the drug is said to alleviate pain, any abuse of it can impose risk or threat to human life. Some side effects of this drug intake which might seem less serious are headache, sweating, constipation, dizziness, nausea, etc. While the more serious side effects are bradycardia, cold, convulsions, etc, as earlier stated, in order to alleviate the addiction to these effects, suboxone can be used. When these drugs are taken, one should avoid driving or operating any machine, because the drugs cause dizziness.

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W. Kaye

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W. KayeEx-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill
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Answered on Aug 22, 2019

Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It is an oral medication that comes in immediate-release and extended-release versions. Oxycodone has several side effects besides pain relief, which include but are not limited to, constipation, nausea, dry mouth, respiratory depression, and of course, addiction. This medication is not something that you can take continually and then discontinue you must be weaned from the drug.

Oxycodone has one ingredient except when it is a combination with acetaminophen or aspirin. Suboxone has two components, which are buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, and Naloxone blocks the effects of opioid medicines and does not help with pain relief. Suboxone is used to treat opioid dependence. It has many of the same side effects as Oxycodone. Suboxone is used to wean people off of straight opioid medication.

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