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Rectal cancer. Given new medication Oxycodone capsules. No manufacture markings and the capsule is clear. Is the capsule right one?

My father is 74 and has rectal cancer.He was given a new medication yesterday.They gave him Oxycodone 13mg capsules.I am a nurse and have never heard of the 13 mg.,But what concerned me,there is no manufactures markings on it.When I opened one to mix with his food the capsule is clear,but the medication is pink.Have you ever heard of this.I just dont want to give him something if I am not sure that this is what it is.Thanks
Asked On : Sat, 10 Aug 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Oxycodone is not anti cancer drug.
It is an opioid analgesic.
Probably your father is suffering from extreme pain secondary to rectal cancer.
This preparation is used to control pain not controllable by NSAIDs.
This is a part of palliative care.
To dose of analgesic varies from patient to patient depending on the extend of disability caused by the cancerous process.
To know more about the dosage, you will have to consult your oncologist.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Sat, 17 Aug 2013
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