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Package leaflet: Information for the user

Shortec® liquid 5 mg/5 ml oral solution
Oxycodone hydrochloride
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
2. Before you take Shortec liquid
start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
Do not take Shortec liquid if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to oxycodone, or
• If you have any further questions, ask your
any of the other ingredients of the medicine
doctor or pharmacist.
(see section 6 ‘Further Information’);
• This medicine has been prescribed for you.
• have breathing problems, such as chronic
Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
obstructive lung disease, chronic bronchial
them, even if their symptoms are the same
asthma or respiratory depression. Your
as yours.
doctor will have told you if you have any of
• If any of the side effects become serious, or
these conditions. Symptoms may include
if you notice any side effects not listed in this
breathlessness, coughing or breathing more
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
slowly or weakly than expected;
• have a head injury that causes a severe
In this leaflet:
headache or makes you feel sick. This is
1. What Shortec liquid is and what it is used for
because this medicine may make these
2. Before you take Shortec liquid
symptoms worse or hide the extent of the
3. How to take Shortec liquid
head injury;
4. Possible side effects
• have a condition where the small bowel does
5. How to store Shortec liquid
not work properly (paralytic ileus), your
6. Further information
stomach empties more slowly than it should
1. What Shortec liquid is and what it is
(delayed gastric emptying) or you have
used for
severe pain in your abdomen;
• have a heart problem after long-term lung
This medicine has been prescribed for you by
disease (cor pulmonale);
your doctor to relieve moderate to severe pain.
• have severe kidney problems or moderate to
It contains the active ingredient oxycodone
severe liver problems. If you have other longwhich belongs to a group of medicines called
term kidney or liver problems you should only
strong analgesics or ‘painkillers’.
take this medicine if recommended by your

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• have ongoing problems with constipation;
• are taking a type of medicine known as a
monoamine oxidase inhibitor (examples
include tranylcypromide, phenelzine,
isocarboxazid, moclobemide and linezolid),
or you have taken this type of medicine in
the last two weeks;
• are under 18 years of age.
Take special care with Shortec liquid
Before treatment with this medicine tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you:
• are elderly or weakened;
• have an under-active thyroid gland
(hypothyroidism), as you may need a lower
• have myxoedema (a thyroid disorder with
dryness, coldness and swelling [‘puffiness’]
of the skin affecting the face and limbs);
• have a severe headache or feel sick as this
may indicate that the pressure in your skull is
• have low blood pressure (hypotension);
• have low blood volume (hypovolaemia); this
can happen with severe external or internal
bleeding, severe burns, excessive sweating,
severe diarrhoea or vomiting;
• have a mental disorder as a result of an
infection (toxic psychosis);
• have inflammation of the pancreas (which
causes severe pain in the abdomen and back);
• have problems with your gall bladder or bile
• have inflammatory bowel disease;
• have an enlarged prostate gland, which
causes difficulty in passing urine (in men);

• have poor adrenal gland function (your
adrenal gland is not working properly which
may cause symptoms including weakness,
weight loss, dizziness, feeling or being sick),
e.g. Addison’s disease;
• have breathing problems such as severe
pulmonary disease. Your doctor will have told
you if you have this condition. Symptoms
may include breathlessness and coughing;
• have kidney or liver problems;
• have previously suffered from withdrawal
symptoms such as agitation, anxiety, shaking
or sweating, upon stopping taking alcohol or
• are or have ever been addicted to alcohol or
drugs or have a known opioid dependence;
• have an increased sensitivity to pain;
• need to take increasingly higher doses of
Shortec to gain the same level of pain relief
If you are going to have an operation, please
tell the doctor at the hospital that you are
taking this medicine.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription. If you take this medicine
with some other medicines, the effect of this
medicine or the other medicine may be changed.
This medicine must not be used together with
a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, or if you have
taken this type of medicine in the last two weeks
(see section 2 “Do not take…”).

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
• medicines to help you sleep or stay calm
(for example tranquillisers, hypnotics or
• medicines to treat depression (such as
• medicines to treat psychiatric or mental
disorders (such as phenothiazines or
neuroleptic drugs);
• other strong analgesics (‘painkillers’);
• muscle relaxants;
• medicines to treat high blood pressure;
• quinidine (a medicine to treat a fast heart
• cimetidine (a medicine for stomach ulcers,
indigestion or heartburn);
• antifungal medicines (such as ketoconazole,
voriconazole, itraconazole and
• antibiotics (such as clarithromycin,
erythromycin or telithromycin);
• medicines known as ‘protease inhibitors’
to treat HIV (e.g. boceprevir, ritonavir,
indinavir, nelfinavir or saquinavir);
• rifampicin (to treat tuberculosis);
• carbamazepine (a medicine to treat seizures,
fits or convulsions and certain pain
• phenytoin (a medicine to treat seizures, fits
or convulsions);
• a herbal remedy called St. John’s Wort (also
known as Hypericum perforatum).
Also tell your doctor if you have recently been
given an anaesthetic.

Taking Shortec liquid with food, drink and
Drinking alcohol during your treatment with
this medicine may make you sleepy or increase
the risk of serious side effects such as shallow
breathing with a risk of stopping breathing, and
loss of consciousness. It is recommended not
to drink alcohol while you are taking Shortec
You should avoid drinking grapefruit juice
during your treatment with this medicine.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant
or breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
This medicine may cause a number of side
effects such as drowsiness which could affect
your ability to drive or use machinery (see
section 4 for a full list of side effects). These
are usually more noticeable when you first
start taking this medicine, or when changing
to a higher dose. If you are affected you
should not drive or use machinery.
This medicine can affect your ability to drive
as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.
• Do not drive while taking this medicine
until you know how it affects you.
• It is an offence to drive while you have
this medicine in your body over a specified
limit unless you have a defence (called the
‘statutory defence’).

• This defence applies when:
• The medicine has been prescribed to treat
a medical or dental problem; and
• You have taken it according to the
instructions given by the prescriber and
in the information provided with the
• Please note that it is still an offence to drive
if you are unfit because of the medicine (i.e.
your ability to drive is being affected).
Details regarding a new driving offence
concerning driving after drugs have been taken
in the UK may be found here:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure whether it is safe for you to drive while
taking this medicine.
3. How to take Shortec liquid
Always take this medicine exactly as your
doctor has told you. The label on your
medicine will tell you how much to take and
how often.
Adults (over 18 years of age)
The usual starting dose is 5 ml every 4 to 6
hours. However, your doctor will prescribe
the dose required to treat your pain. If you
find that you are still in pain whilst taking this
medicine discuss this with your doctor.
Children and adolescents under 18 years of
age should not take the medicine.

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Patients with kidney or liver problems
Please tell your doctor if you suffer from
kidney or liver problems as they may
prescribe a lower dose depending on your
Do not exceed the dose recommended by your
doctor. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
You must only take this medicine by mouth.
This medicine should never be injected as this
may lead to serious side effects, which may
be fatal.
If you take more Shortec liquid than you
should or if someone accidentally swallows
your medicine
Call your doctor or hospital straight away.
People who have taken an overdose may
feel very sleepy, sick or dizzy. They may
also have breathing difficulties leading to
unconsciousness or even death and may
need emergency treatment in hospital. When
seeking medical attention make sure that you
take this leaflet and any remaining medicine
with you to show to the doctor.

discuss this with your doctor first. They will
tell you how to do this, usually by reducing
the dose gradually so you do not experience
unpleasant effects. Withdrawal symptoms such
as agitation, anxiety, palpitations, shaking or
sweating may occur if you suddenly stop taking
this medicine.
If you have any further questions on the
use of this medicine, ask your doctor or
4. Possible side effects

If you forget to take Shortec liquid
If you miss a dose you should take the next
dose as soon as you remember then carry on
as before. Do not take two doses within 4
hours. Do not take a double dose to make up
for a forgotten dose.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets
All medicines can cause allergic reactions,
although serious allergic reactions are rare.
Tell your doctor immediately if you get any
sudden wheeziness, difficulties in breathing,
swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or
itching especially those covering your whole
The most serious side effect is a condition
where you breathe more slowly or weakly
than expected (respiratory depression). Tell
your doctor immediately if this happens to
As with all strong painkillers, there is a risk
that you may become addicted or reliant on
this medicine.

If you stop taking Shortec liquid
You should not suddenly stop taking this
medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
If you want to stop taking your medicine,

Very common side effects
(May affect more than 1 in 10 people)
• Constipation (your doctor can prescribe a
laxative to overcome this problem).

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• Feeling or being sick (this should normally
wear off after a few days, however your
doctor can prescribe an anti-sickness
medicine if it continues to be a problem).
• Drowsiness (this is most likely when you
start taking your medicine or when your
dose is increased, but it should wear off
after a few days).
• Dizziness.
• Headache.
• Itchy skin.
Common side effects
(May affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Dry mouth, loss of appetite, indigestion,
abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhoea.
• Confusion, depression, a feeling of unusual
weakness, shaking, anxiety, nervousness,
difficulty in sleeping, abnormal thoughts or
• Difficulty in breathing or wheezing,
shortness of breath, decreased cough reflex.
• Rash.
• Sweating, chills.
Uncommon side effects
(May affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Difficulty in swallowing, belching, hiccups,
wind, a condition where the bowel does not
work properly (ileus), inflammation of the
stomach, changes in taste, tooth decay.
• A blockage in the flow of bile from the liver
(cholestasis). This can cause itchy skin,
yellow skin, very dark urine and very pale

• A feeling of dizziness or ‘spinning’,
hallucinations, mood changes, unpleasant or
uncomfortable mood, a feeling of extreme
happiness, restlessness, agitation, generally
feeling unwell, loss of memory, difficulty
in speaking, reduced sensitivity to pain or
touch, tingling or numbness, seizures, fits
or convulsions, blurred vision, fainting,
unusual muscle stiffness or slackness,
involuntary muscle contractions.
• Difficulty in passing urine, impotence,
decreased sexual drive, absence of
menstrual periods.
• Fast, irregular heart beat, low blood
pressure, a feeling of ‘faintness’ especially
on standing up, flushing of the skin.
• Dehydration, thirst, swelling of the hands,
ankles or feet.
• Dry skin, severe flaking or peeling of the
skin, hives (nettle rash).
• Redness of the face, reduction in size of
the pupils in the eye, muscle spasm, high
• A need to take increasingly higher doses of
this medicine to obtain the same level of
pain relief (tolerance).
• Colicky abdominal pain or discomfort.
• A worsening of liver function tests (seen in
a blood test).
Frequency unknown
(Frequency cannot be estimated from the
available data)
• An increased sensitivity to pain.
• Aggression.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this
5. How to store Shortec liquid
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Accidental overdose by a child is dangerous
and may be fatal.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry
date which is stated on the label and carton.
EXP 08 2020 means that you should not take
any of this medicine after the last day of that
month i.e. August 2020.
Do not store your medicine above 30oC.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. Further information
What Shortec liquid contains
The active ingredient is oxycodone
hydrochloride. Each 5 ml contains 5 mg of
oxycodone hydrochloride.

The other ingredients are:
• Saccharin sodium
• Sodium benzoate
• Citric acid
• Sodium citrate
• Hydrochloric acid
• Sodium hydroxide
• Purified water
• Hypromellose
What Shortec liquid looks like and contents
of the pack
This medicine is a clear colourless/
straw-coloured solution.
Each bottle contains 250 ml of liquid.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and
This medicine is made by Mundipharma
Pharmaceuticals Limited, 13 Othellos Street,
Dhali Industrial Zone, 2540-Nicosia, Cyprus.
The marketing authorisation holder
is Qdem Pharmaceuticals Limited,
Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road,
Cambridge CB4 0AB, UK

This leaflet is also available in large print, Braille or as an
audio CD. To request a copy, please call the RNIB Medicine
Information line (free of charge) on:

0800 198 5000
You will need to give details of the product name and reference
These are as follows:
Product name: Shortec liquid
Reference number: 40431/0013
This leaflet was last revised in August 2015.
® QDEM and SHORTEC are registered trade marks.
™ The ‘Qdem pharmaceuticals’ logo is a trade mark.
© 2013-2015 Qdem Pharmaceuticals Limited.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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