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Oxycodone may not be the right choice for every patient. In such cases, it is important to discuss with a medical provider potential oxycodone alternatives.

Oxycodone Alternatives

What are your options when it comes to alternatives for oxycodone?

Tapentadol (Nucynta)

Tapentadol is an opioid analgesic, much like oxycodone, but it may be easier for some to tolerate. Oxycodone use can lead to gastrointestinal problems and constipation. 

Hydrocodone (Hysingla)

Hydrocodone is an opioid drug very similar to oxycodone. It is often offered in combination with acetaminophen to improve the effect. For more information, please visit our page on hydrocodone vs oxycodone.

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs

Often chronic pain is the result of inflammation, so nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs may lead to pain relief while allowing someone to avoid opioid use.

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