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Not Medical Advice: A small, round, white pill with the imprint "k 18" has been identified at Oxycodone, generic for Oxecta. This prescription medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is in a class of drugs "narcotic analgesics", and is an opiate.

Some side effects of Oxycodone are nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur. Some serious side effects are mental or mood changes (such as agitation, confusion, hallucinations), severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects.

Oxycodone has a high risk for abuse and severe, possibly fatal, breathing problems. The risk for harm is greater if you take the wrong dose or strength, or if you take this drug along with other drugs that could also affect breathing.

According to a recent study done by Dr. Michael Fleming at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, he claims that pain killers are not as addictive as feared. The study showed lass than five percent of patients that are prescribed narcotics to treat chronic pain become addicted to the drugs.

Fleming stated, "If you're a person that doesn't have a history of addiction and doesn't have any major psychiatric problems, narcotics are relatively safe as long as your doctor doesn't give you too much and uses the right medication." Regardless of this new information, patients prescribed these drugs should be aware of the risk of addiction.

Updated on Tuesday, November 06 2012 at 12:37AM EST