What is it?
- An opioid pain medication
- A Narcotic
Oxycodone may be habit forming.
Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.
Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away oxycodone to any other person is against the law.
Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller belonging to the opiate family. Individuals taking the drug are at an increased risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Doctors typically prescribe this medication for moderate to severe pain and to patients who have continuous pain. Oxycodone is an extended-relief medication, it slowly releases into the bloodstream, providing relief for hours. The relief from pain and pleasurable feelings that occur because of the medication can cause addiction in some patients.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
Not all patients suffer the same symptoms, you should notice one or more of the following if the person abuses the drug:
- Constantly thinking about the drug
- Obtaining multiple prescriptions for oxycodone
- Feeling phantom pains when the drug is not available
- Restless thoughts or behaviors
- Lying or stealing to obtain more of the drug
- Using the drug in secret
- Hiding the drug around the house
Other than a drug test, one may be able to spot oxycodone or OxyContin abuse:
- Drowsiness, sometimes to the point of nodding off
- Nausea and vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory suppression
- Dry mouth
Constricted pupils, although overdose may bring about dilated pupils.
Overdose deaths can occur due to respiratory suppression, especially when oxycodone or any opiate is combined with another drug that suppresses respiration, like another opiate, benzodiazepines or alcohol.
In many cases, the person who is addicted didn’t start out abusing the drug but consumed it exactly according to the doctor’s instruction.
But you build up a tolerance. Meaning……..after a 20 milligram dose is taken for while, more is needed to handle the pain. Increasing the dose to 40 milligrams, and so on. Often times, a person who has been using opiates for a long period of time can take a dose that would likely kill a person who was new to the drug. This person can end up with a problem when the dosage the doctor prescribes is not enough. That’s when obtaining the drug through illegal means (on the street) or doctor-shopping.
(Believe me……there are doctor’s out there who just write any prescription asked for – as long as you keep coming back.)
When a person is addicted, getting the drug they need becomes the most important thing to them. Or start to become full of anxiety if they cannot make it to an appointment to refill their prescription. If they have ever gone through a full-blown withdrawal, they may have extreme anxiety of the horror of ever going through the withdrawals again.
An addicted person may start neglecting health, family, work and other responsibilities. There may be money or items in the home missing, or items belonging to other people may be missing.
If a person is unable to get his (or her) usual dose of oxycodone, they will begin to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. He will be restless, agitated and sweaty. He’ll suffer from muscle and bone pain, depression, diarrhea, chills, insomnia, vomiting and nausea.
Oxycodone has been marketed in dozens of different formulations, including:
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