Canterbury DHB



Oxycodone should be prescribed with caution if GFR < 30 mL/ min.

Oxycodone is contraindicated if GFR < 15 mL/min.

Oxycodone is available in four formulations:

Oxycodone is similar to morphine in its action and has a similar side effect profile. This drug is more expensive than morphine and there is no clinical evidence to support its use first line. Morphine therefore remains the drug of first choice.

The main indications for use at present are:

Note: When taken orally, oxycodone is more potent than morphine - 10 mg oral morphine @ 5 mg oral oxycodone.


About this Canterbury DHB document (4060):

Document Owner:

Kate Grundy (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

March 2016

Next Review:

March 2018


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Topic Code: 4060