Oxycodone: Mental effects
Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 2:34 pm
Because oxycodone may cause drowsiness and/or dizziness, people taking oxycodone-containing drugs should use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing any other type of work that requires being alert and responsive. For the most part, the effect of oxycodone on mood is a mellow one. Most people feel an improved sense of well-being while taking the drug. In contrast, when people stop taking oxycodone suddenly, they may notice significant shifts in their moods and experience anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia.
Some researchers believe the mood-elevating properties of oxycodone make it a reasonable treatment for depression in certain individuals, although that use of the drug is not yet common. The most likely to benefit from this type of therapy are people with major depression whose illness has not been successfully controlled with standard antidepressant medications. Careful, close monitoring is essential since, unlike antidepressant drugs, oxycodone does cause side effects and poses a risk of addiction.