Facts About Oxycodone
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate marketed under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, and Roxicodone. Oxycodone is structurally and chemically similar to codeine but produces effects that more closely resemble the effects of morphine.
Although oxycodone is metabolized in the liver to produce oxymorphone, its effects do not rely on the formation of this by-product. This drug’s behavioral effects can last up to 5 hours. The sustained release formula may last from 8 to 12 hours.
Many of the individuals who have used this substance regularly have found themselves struggling with Oxycodone dependence and addiction problems. So, if you or someone you know uses this prescription drug, it’s best to know about the risks involved with Oxycodone use and how to get help for addiction.
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is classified as part of the agonist opioid group. These substances are some of the most effective analgesics available. Oxycodone is used to treat those who are suffering from debilitating pain, including patients with bone or neurological degeneration or end-stage cancer.
These drugs differ from other analgesics in that the analgesic effect increases with increased use. Those who use the drug for an extended time often develop a tolerance. As a result, larger dosages are needed to achieve the same effects. This often leads to a dependency on the drug.
Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Oxycodone Use
People generally use this drug for its pain-relieving effects. Oxycodone affects the central nervous system, also known as the CNS. This substance interacts with the opioid receptors within the brain. This often causes pain relief as the drug changes the way the body responds to discomfort and pain.
Since oxycodone is an opioid, this substance can be very powerful and, in some cases, addicting. People who use drugs containing oxycodone often become dependent on it, feeling as if they can’t function “normally” without using the substance.
After using oxycodone regularly, many people become dependent on it and may even begin to abuse this drug. Substance abuse is the act of using a drug outside of its recommended usage. In other words, a person who uses oxycodone more often than, with methods that are different from, or in higher doses than the recommended use is abusing oxycodone. Using this drug without a prescription or direction from a medical professional is also considered abuse.
Individuals who abuse oxycodone may crush or chew pills. Or, they may heat the tablets and inhale the vapors that are produced. Some individuals may mix crushed pills with water and inject the mixture using a needle.
In many cases, these oxycodone use methods cause individuals to feel the effects of the drug much faster. Oxycodone can cause euphoria, a pleasant feeling that often leaves people wanting to use more of the drug in order to experience this sensation.
Oxycodone can also cause people to feel extremely calm or relaxed. This drug might also reduce anxiety or nervousness.
But there are also some other, less pleasant and even serious effects of oxycodone use to consider. They include:
- Dryness in mouth
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Stiffening in muscles
- Excessive itchiness
- Profuse and excessive sweating
- Constipation and upset stomach
Individuals who inject oxycodone may be at risk for developing vein damage or various infections.
When people are dependent on oxycodone, it means that their bodies are accustomed to the substance. As a result of this dependence, people suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they try to end oxycodone use. Some of the withdrawal symptoms a person may experience are:
- Difficulties sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal cramping
- Accelerated heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Muscle spasms and pain
People who have asthma, breathing difficulties or blockage in the stomach or intestines should not use oxycodone. Also, individuals should never take the drug in larger amounts or longer than prescribed.
Breaking or crushing extended-release pills is also not recommended. They must be swallowed whole to avoid a potentially fatal dose. If you use oxycodone, you should never share oxycodone with another person. It is a habit-forming drug and can lead to dependence or addiction.
The effects of the drug, oxycodone, are increased when combined with other central nervous system depressants, including alcohol. You should avoid using alcohol while taking oxycodone. The combined effects may result in respiratory depression, low blood pressure, coma or death.
Finally, do not drive or operate machinery while taking the drug. Oxycodone should not be taken while pregnant. Oxycodone withdrawals can be life-threatening to a newborn. If you become pregnant while taking the drug, contact your physician immediately.
Is Oxycodone Addiction Treatable?
If you’ve been struggling with addiction for a while, you may be feeling hopeless right now. Many people who suffer from substance abuse come to this point and begin to feel as if there is no way they can recover from this issue. But, here at Northbound Treatment Services, we are dedicated to granting you the hope and help you need in order to move past addiction into a life of freedom!
You don’t have to be bound by oxycodone addiction any longer. All you need to do is reach out for help; this is the first step toward recovery! Once you do this, you can begin your journey to a healthier and happier version of yourself and start living an addiction-free life.
Northbound Treatment Services can help individuals who are struggling with oxycodone addiction develop coping mechanisms by adopting a lifestyle of recovery. We offer medication-assisted detox programs to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Through our detox program, we work to help our clients end substance use and prepare for the residential phase of treatment. Recovery can begin once the mind and body are free from all mood and mind-altering substances.
Northbound offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for drug addiction as well as counseling and education to treat underlying issues. We have helped thousands regain control of their lives and function as a productive member of society and we would love the opportunity to help you! Just contact us today to learn how we and assist you on your journey to recovery.