What Does Oxycodone (Hydrochloride) Look Like?

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Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain. Derived from thebaine, an alkaloid found in the opium poppy, this potent analgesic medicine is commonly used for post-surgical care and patients experiencing chronic pain.

Oxycodone works by attaching to specific brain and spinal cord receptors, altering how an individual perceives pain. Its potency and how it affects the brain also make the potential for addiction, dependence, side effects, and overdose deaths high.

According to the National Institute of Health, opioid deaths rose from 21,089 in 2010 to 80,411 in 2021.

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Oxycodone Pill Identifier

If you are not sure that you have received genuine medication, a pill identifier may help. By entering a few details about the medication you have, such as pill imprint, color, and shape, you can determine whether you have a legitimate product or a fake. There are even smartphone apps that make looking up drug information on the go easy.

Brand Name Oxycodone Medications

Oxycodone is the generic name for a powerful opioid pain reliever available in various forms, such as tablets and capsules. There are several different brand names for oxycodone, including:

  • OxyContin.
  • Endocet.
  • Roxicodone.
  • Percocet.
  • Xtampza ER.

Many of these medications may contain additional ingredients in addition to oxycodone, such as acetaminophen making it important to read the medication instructions carefully before taking any of these formulations.

Colors & Shapes, & Imprints of Oxycodone Tablets

Oxycodone is available in several formulations, including immediate-release (IR) and extended-release (ER) forms. It is relatively fast-acting, with IR products taking effect within 30 minutes and ER products within an hour. Both versions come in tablet and capsule form.

In its purest form, oxycodone is a fine, white crystalline powder. However, it is more commonly encountered as oral tablets or capsules.

Tablets may come in different shapes and sizes, some being circular, oval, or oblong. They are typically coated in a variety of colors, such as white, pink, green, or blue, and feature imprinted symbols or numbers that indicate the strength and manufacturer. Immediate-release tablets are round and white with the imprint “A5” or “M30.” The extended-release variety may be oval or rectangular, solid grayish purple or yellow, and marked with “M/C10” or similar imprints. Combination pills containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen usually have a yellow hue, come in capsule form, and are inscribed with various markings such as “M366”.

Oxycodone capsules may have transparent or opaque casings with various color combinations, often containing tiny beads, pellets, or powder inside.

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Does Branded Oxycodone Look Different Than Generic?

Generic medications contain the same active ingredient as branded medication, but that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. Inactive ingredients such as preservatives and fillers may be different.

Trademark law requires that branded and generic medications, including oxycodone, look different. Branded oxycodone usually has a distinct shape and color, as well as identifying letter markings or symbols on the pills. Generic versions of this medication may have a different shape, color, or even markings than their branded counterparts.

Can You Identify Fake Oxycodone Pills?

Fake oxycodone, like other counterfeit pills, can be very dangerous. They may look like the “real thing” but contain a different active ingredient or the right active ingredient in the wrong amount. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, they can also have lethal amounts of methamphetamine or fentanyl. Most fake pills originate in China, Mexico, and India, but an increasing number of fentanyl-laced fakes are being manufactured in the U.S. by Mexican and domestic drug trafficking organizations and marketed via the internet and social media. Most counterfeit pills are made to look like 30mg tablets of oxycodone (M30s). The best way to avoid fake pills is to take medications only prescribed by licensed medical professionals and dispensed by a registered pharmacist.

Warnings When Using Oxycodone

Illicit users of oxycodone take it in one of three ways. Some crush the tablets and sniff them or dissolve them in water and inject it. Others place a tablet on foil, heat it and inhale the vapors.

Whether taken while under medical care or illicitly, it’s important to understand the potential complications that may occur with oxycodone.

  • Potential for misuse or addiction.
  • Drug interactions.
  • Dangerously slow breathing.
  • Overdose.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Physical dependence and withdrawal.
  • Low blood pressure and adrenal hormone levels.
  • Seizures.

A person who has overdosed on oxycodone will experience extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, confusion, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, shallow breathing, slow heart rate, fainting, coma, and possible death. If you or someone you know seems to be overdosing, taking urgent action is vital. Call for medical help immediately and administer naloxone if it is available.

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Oxycodone is commonly used to treat chronic and acute pain, but it is also popular as an illicit drug. It is an opioid that binds to receptors in your brain, blocking pain sensation. While oxycodone can be a very effective pain reliever, it also has the potential for misuse, dependence, and addiction. No matter the substance, the best way to overcome addiction is with the help of experienced, trusted professionals like those at Guardian Recovery. We provide comprehensive treatment, including medically-assisted detox, therapy, specialty programs, and reintegration support. Our caring and skilled administrative, medical, and clinical teams will guide you through every step of your recovery process from the first time you call. We provide a complimentary assessment and a free insurance benefits check and help coordinate local travel to our facility. All you have to do is ask; we will take care of the rest. Contact us today.

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