A strong opioid analgesic, oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a member of the group of medications known as opioid agonists. Oxycodone affects how pain signals are received by attaching to opioid receptors in the central nervous system.
Oxycodone is offered in a number of forms, including oral solutions, extended-release pills, and immediate-release tablets. Extended-release formulations are intended to give long-lasting pain control, whereas immediate-release versions are often used for pain relief in the short term.