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Harmful Effects and Addiction to Oxycodone

What is Oxycodone?

harmful effects and addiction to oxycodone - oxycodoneOxycodone is classified as an opiate analgesic, meaning that it is a pain relieving narcotic that is not derived from Opium, but has similar qualities. It is commonly prescribed as a painkiller for acute or chronic pains, due to its ability to change the way the brain processes and ultimately responds to pain. Oxycodone makes the user’s pain tolerance higher, rather than diminishing the actual pain. Since it is a euphoric drug, it is abused often by those who are prescribed it, and even by those who buy it on the street.

Oxycodone comes in many forms:

  • OxyCotin, OxyIR, OxyFast
  • Percocet, Percodan
  • Blue, Oxy, Cotton, Kickers, Killers

It is extremely unsafe to take not as directed and it could easily lead to overdose or even death. If you think you or a loved one is becoming dependent on Oxycodone, seek medical help.

Oxycodone Use Symptoms

Since Oxycodone is used as a heavily regulated prescription drug, it does have positive, medical uses. When taken in the correct dosage, it can cause relaxation, pain reduction, and anxiety reduction.

However, it can also cause:

  • Nausea, Constipation, Diarrhea, Vomiting
  • Drowsiness, Headaches, Sweating
  • Heart problems, such as chest pains, irregular heart rate, and difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the body

The more often Oxycodone is abused, the worse these symptoms will become. Since this drug impacts the heart and lungs, there is a high risk of death. When taken recreationally, overdoses, and sometimes death, occur.

Some overdose symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fainting
  • Uncontrolled pupil dilation
  • Problems with breathing, to the point where it will slow and stop
  • Fingertips, skin, or lips can turn blue
  • Coma

Again, if you or a loved one is suffering from an Oxycodone addiction or overdose, contact medical personnel immediately and consider going to a drug treatment center, which can help overcome addictions to many drugs and help let go of abusive behaviors.

Oxycodone Addiction in the United States

Oxycodone is a Schedule II drug, which means that it is heavily regulated and only prescribed when needed, due to it’s addictive qualities. However, because it is prescribed to treat acute pain, it is evident in the United States and is one of the most commonly abused opioids.

If you are suffering from addiction or know someone who is, please contact us today at (888) 989-9690. We can help you discover a new life free from addiction.


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