Oxycodone is a type of opioid that is used to treat pain which ranges from mild to serious. Developed in 1917, it can enhance the quality of life for patients who are suffering from pain due to disease or injury. It comes in the form of a tablet that must be administered orally, typically every twelve hours. As with other opioids, it is excellent for treating pain which is acute, but it has the disadvantage of being easy to misuse, which can result in numerous unwanted side effects.
This medication must be handled with care. This goes for doctors who prescribe it as well as patients who consume it. The reason for this is because any error involving its prescription or diversion can lead to either a serious addiction or an overdose which may result in death. This makes oxycodone potentially more dangerous than some illegal street drugs. Even at normal doses a patient can easily become addicted to this substance. Oxycodone should always be stored in room temperature, away from light, moisture or heat.
Warning Signs of Oxycodone Addiction
There are many warning signs that indicate someone may be misusing this medication. Addicts may display a state of euphoria, and they may also experience nausea or vomiting. Constipation is a common problem for those who use this drug heavily; they may also suffer from severe fatigue. Oxycodone can cause increased anxiety in those that use it frequently, which will cause them to appear overly nervous. Other warning signs consist of:
- Diarrhea or pain in the abdomen
- Persistent hiccups
- Reduced appetite and weight loss
- Breathing which is shallow
- Dyspnea and urination problems
Side Effects of Oxycodone Abuse
There are many side effects which can result from the abuse of this substance, particularly at high dosages. Those that are not tolerant to opiates may overdose easily, and they may also display breathing which is shallow. Their skin may be cold to the touch or clammy, and they may also have hypotension or circulatory problems. These side effects are the most serious and addicts that display them may be near death. Withdrawal symptoms which are associated with oxycodone include:
- Panic attacks or extreme anxiety
- Weakness in the muscles
- Sleep deprivation
- Fever or symptoms which are flu-like
- Pain in the muscles
- Hormonal imbalance
Oxycodone, when misused, can be a very dangerous medication. The ease with which users can become addicted combined with the potential for overdose and the adverse side effects make this a medication that must be handled with caution. Should someone become addicted to it, they will in all likelihood need professional assistance in order to break free, as the withdrawal symptoms associated with it can be severe.
Rehab services are available to assist addicts who are struggling to get clean and live a dependence free life. These services will review patients to determine their level of addiction, and the best treatments to help them obtain recovery. Rehab can be costly but multiple payment options are available, including credit cards, installment payment plans or insurance.
Contact us today at NeuroPsychiatric Addiction Clinic, where we can discuss the best options for helping you recover from your addiction and live a substance free life.