ibuprofen and oxycodone
Generic Name: ibuprofen and oxycodone (eye byoo PROE fen and ox i KOE done)
Brand Name: Combunox
What is ibuprofen and oxycodone?
Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation.
Ibuprofen and oxycodone is a combination medicine used short-term to relieve severe pain. This medication is not for treating arthritis pain.
Ibuprofen and oxycodone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is the most important information I should know about ibuprofen and oxycodone?
Oxycodone can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. Use only your prescribed dose, and swallow the pill whole to avoid a potentially fatal dose. Never share ibuprofen and oxycodone with another person.
MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using ibuprofen, especially in older adults.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ibuprofen and oxycodone?
Ibuprofen can increase your risk of fatal heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term or take high doses, or if you have heart disease. Even people without heart disease or risk factors could have a stroke or heart attack while taking ibuprofen and oxycodone. Do not use this medicine just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Ibuprofen may also cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal. These conditions can occur without warning while you are using this medicine, especially in older adults.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or oxycodone, or if you have ever had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction after taking aspirin or an NSAID.
Some medicines can interact with oxycodone and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or if you smoke;
a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding;
any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
liver or kidney disease;
a history of head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
underactive thyroid, Addison's disease or other adrenal gland disorder;
a history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, or mental illness; or
if you also take heart or blood pressure medicine, a steroid, a blood thinner (such as warfarin), or a sedative (such as Valium, Xanax, and others).
Taking ibuprofen during the last 3 months of pregnancy may harm the unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you use oxycodone while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks.
It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using ibuprofen and oxycodone.
How should I take ibuprofen and oxycodone?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Oxycodone can slow or stop your breathing. Never take ibuprofen and oxycodone in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Use the lowest dose that is effective in treating your condition. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Oxycodone may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Selling or giving away ibuprofen and oxycodone is against the law.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using ibuprofen and oxycodone.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep track of the amount of medicine used. Ibuprofen and oxycodone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this medicine is used for pain, you are not likely to miss a dose. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A oxycodone overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include vomiting, black or bloody stools, coughing up blood, confusion, muscle weakness, cold and clammy skin, slow heart rate, blue lips, shallow breathing, or fainting.
What should I avoid while taking ibuprofen and oxycodone?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the medicine will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase your risk of stomach bleeding while taking ibuprofen.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cold, allergy, or pain medication. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to ibuprofen (such as ketoprofen or naproxen). Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medication. Check the label to see if a medicine contains aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, or naproxen.
Ibuprofen and oxycodone side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: sneezing, runny or stuffy nose; wheezing or trouble breathing; hives; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of a heart attack or stroke: chest pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, feeling short of breath.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
weak or shallow breathing, sighing, slow heartbeat;
swelling or rapid weight gain;
the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
signs of stomach bleeding--bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
kidney problems--little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath;
low red blood cells (anemia)--pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; or
severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Breathing problems or stomach bleeding may be more likely in older adults and people who are severely ill, malnourished, or otherwise debilitated.
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Common side effects may include:
headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, diarrhea;
blurred vision; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
Ibuprofen and oxycodone dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Pain:
1 tablet every 6 hours as necessary
Not to exceed 4 tablets in a 24 hour period
Duration of therapy not to exceed 7 days
Usual Pediatric Dose for Pain:
14 to 17 years:
1 tablet every 6 hours as necessary
Not to exceed 4 tablets in any 24-hour period
Duration of therapy not to exceed 7 days
What other drugs will affect ibuprofen and oxycodone?
Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with ibuprofen and oxycodone. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, and any medicine you start or stop using.
Taking ibuprofen and oxycodone with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with ibuprofen and oxycodone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
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Where can I get more information?
- Your pharmacist can provide more information about ibuprofen and oxycodone.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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