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OxyFAST is a brand name for the instant-release version of oxycodone, a pain reliever approved by the FDA in 1995. Instant-release oxycodone hydrochloride is a prescription medication which is available both as a generic drug and under brand names like OxyFAST and Endone. When oxycodone enters the central nervous system, it binds to opioid receptors located in the brain and spinal cord. This relieves pain by blocking out the bodys natural response to discomfort. Because of its instant-release formula, this medication is commonly prescribed for people, like cancer patients, who experience sudden bursts of pain. Immediate-release oxycodone is available in capsule or liquid form. Dosages range from 5 to 20 milligrams.Take oxycodone exactly as directed by your doctor and never take extra doses. Because oxycodone hydrochloride is highly addictive, it is classified by the FDA as a Schedule II drug, which means it is more tightly regulated than most medications. The most common side effects of oxycodone are constipation, nausea and drowsiness, but you should ask your doctor for a complete list.Also, be sure to tell your physician immediately if you experience difficulty breathing, clammy skin, weakness or any other significant changes. Oxycodone instant-release should never be taken in conjunction with alcohol, antidepressants or antihistamines. Ask your doctor for a full list of medications and conditions that should not be combined with oxycodone. Because of its short duration of action, OxyFAST can be helpful for patients dealing with severe discomfort. However, the drug should always be used under the direct care of a physician. Please ask for and review all of the information provided by your doctor before taking oxycodone. The information in this video is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise of your physician. Always consult your doctor before using this drug.
Last Updated:July 16, 2012