OxyContin is an opioid that is frequently used as a pain reliever. It can alleviate pain which is moderate or severe, and it will typically be sold as a tablet. This drug should always be taken orally, as attempting to snort it in powder form or inject it directly into the veins is extremely dangerous. OxyContin should always be stored at room temperature, and should never be exposed to moisture, heat or light. It can only be purchased from a certified pharmacy, and it is illegal to give this drug to anyone other than the patient it was prescribed to.
Because OxyContin is used by people who suffer from chronic pain, they are susceptible to becoming addicted to it. This is especially true when this drug is taken in high dosages, or when it is used longer than the doctor has prescribed. The tablet should never be cut or crushed, and when consumed it should be swallowed completely to avoid a fatal dosage. Even at standard dosages, a user can develop a dependency for this drug. Misusing it can easily result in overdose.
Warning Signs of OxyContin Addiction
Those who abuse this product will display a number of warning signs. OxyContin should never be consumed with alcohol, as the results can be fatal. Addicts may experience shallow breathing, chills, or a slow heartbeat. In cases of allergic reaction, swelling may occur in the face or neck. Addicts may have skin which is clammy, and they may also appear confused or disoriented. Other warning signs to watch for include:
- Seizures or convulsions
- Extreme drowsiness
- Breathing problems
- Stomach discomfort or nausea
- Moderate itching
- Dry mouth or vomiting
- Reduced appetite and weight loss
- Constipation and fatigue
- Dizziness and headache
- Difficulty in breathing
Side Effects of OxyContin Abuse
OxyContin is comprised of an ingredient called oxycodone, which may be responsible for causing a number of side effects in those that abuse the drug. Some of these side effects may require medical attention. Some issues include cold sweats, fever and lightheadedness when sitting or lying down. The chest may also feel tight, and in some cases the addict may also twitch. Addicts may experience a burning sensation while urinating, and blood may also be present in the urine. Other side effects include:
- Pain in the chest
- Difficulty swallowing
- Exhaustion and pain
- Fast heartbeat or pulse
- Reddish skin on the face or neck
Because OxyContin is legal, and can be prescribed by doctors, those who use it are susceptible to addiction even at moderate dosages. Users that are taking it for chronic pain may be tempted to increase the dosage, but this is dangerous. If you or someone you know has an addiction to this substance, it is best to enter rehab as soon as possible.
There are numerous rehab services available and they offer an array of treatment options. Those desiring to enter rehab will first need to receive an assessment to determine the severity of their addiction. Based on this data an effective treatment plan can be implemented. Rehab services can be affordable, particularly for those who have public or private insurance. In many cases, you do not even have to make any cash payments for your treatment program.
Contact us today at NeuroPsychiatric Addiction Clinic so that we can get you started on the path towards recovery. Your life is much more valuable than the addiction you are fighting!