What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is one of the most widely prescribed pain-relieving medications. It is sold under the brand names Percocet and Oxycontin and is extremely effective in treating mild to excruciating pain.
Less often, it is prescribed to suppress coughs, but in recent years such cough syrups containing the substance have been prohibited for minors.
People also use it for recreation, and it is a major player in the current opioid epidemic plaguing America. Its semi synthetic nature differentiates it from other opioids that are fully synthetic, fentanyl being the best example.
Prescribed to be taken orally in pill form, addicts have also used needles to inject into veins or muscle. Drug companies offer fast-action types and controlled release types.
The dosages prescribed by physicians are markedly softer and less dangerous, with significantly less side effects.
Taken as intended, the effects produced by oxycodone are as follows:
- Elation, extreme feeling of well being
- Suppressed pain
- Released anxiety
While still present in prescribed dosages, the following are far more common when taking larger amounts.
- Shifts in mood
- Stomach problems
- Difficult bowel movements
- Throbbing chest
- Painful migraines
Should oxycodone be taken as prescribed, there still exists the very real possibility of developing a mental or physical addiction to the substance.
Consuming alcoholic beverages while on this medication can lead to terrible results, being that these substances have overlapping effects. The likelihood of overdose skyrockets when oxycodone is mixed with alcohol.
While hugely effective at mitigating pain in chronic sufferers, it can have intensely negative effects.
The kidneys and liver experience severe damage from extended use. Cirrhosis can result, in addition to permanent damage to the organs. This is especially true when mixed with alcohol.
Oxycodone, or “oxy” as its often referred to on the streets, is controlled by DEA as a schedule II drug. The implies the following:
- High risk of abuse
- Has proven medical benefits
- High propensity for addiction and dependence
Addicts enjoy oxycodone because of the effect produced. The extreme feeling of well-being that accompanies this medication lures high risk users into dependence. They are using it for the experience, rather than the intended medical benefits.
Physician prescribed oxycodone can be just as readily abused as those acquired through a street dealer. Abuse can also be described by the following:
- Taking the medication not as prescribed by a licensed doctor
- Stealing or purchasing a friend or family member’s oxycodone
It is advised to take this medication exactly as outlined by your physician, but this does not necessarily mean it is safe. Physical and mental dependence may still result
Oxycodone continues to be readily prescribed for pain relief, even given the high propensity of addiction, because of how effective it is.
Being a schedule II substance under the DEA, oxycodone is understood to possess powerful addictive qualities. Both physical and mental dependence can result from relatively short usage periods.
Mental dependence: Due its euphoric effects, oxycodone use often develops into a need. Addicts seek out this feeling, often due to being ill-equipped to deal with life problems.
Physical Dependence: Due to the extended presence of oxycodone in the blood stream, the body becomes accustomed to it, and begins to depend on it. When this physical addiction sets in, an addict will exhibit flu like symptoms when oxycodone use has ceased.
Addiction may be defined and is certainly most obvious when an individual continues use, even in light of the severe consequences. The need for the medication causes the mind to become obsessed, which is nearly impossible to overcome.
All other activities fall by the wayside, including school, work, and sports, as need for the medication becomes paramount. As the addiction progresses, the body gets used to the drug, and larger and larger amounts become necessary to achieve the same euphoric results.
How to Treat
Supervision under a trained medical doctor is essential to provide relief from the withdrawal effects of oxycodone. This phase can be perilous, and a physician can assist in many ways.
Stopping using drugs is never a comfortable experience, and addicts are often reluctant to undergo the imposing prospect of withdrawal symptoms.
Oxycodone, as well as most opiates, tend to require roughly seven days to leave the body, a process known as detoxification. When finished, the addict may transition to a in-patient facility usually for a month, but it’s not uncommon for this process to last as long as 90 days.
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