Oxycodone And Its Effects On The Body
Oxycodone is a powerful opioid drug used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is one of the most commonly abused drugs because it is one of the most addictive drugs available by prescription.
Oxycodone is prescribed to patients who are recovering from a major surgery, those who struggle from chronic pain due to arthritis or injury, or those suffering from painful diseases such as cancer. It is a successful pain relief because it changes the way the brain and nervous system responds to pain. Oxycodone creates endorphins, which causes the mind to feel pleasure and not pain. There is a high potential for addiction because of tolerance to the drug, (making it necessary to increase the dosage to get the same pain relief) and the euphoric “high” that can result from abuse.
Oxycodone is derived from opium and comes in many forms. Pure forms are in liquid, concentrated solution, tablets, and capsules taken every 4 to 6 hours. It also comes in an extended released tablet called Oxycontin, which is usually taken every 12 hours. Roxicodone is a rapid release tablet that is given to patients before surgery to calm them. Percocet is a brand name prescription pain reliever that is not in pure form but contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. It provides immediate pain relief for up to 5 hours.
Although oxycodone is a prescription opioid, it is available on the streets. Sources of oxycodone on the black market are unethical doctors and dentists, forged prescriptions, pharmacy break-ins, and people going from dr. to dr. to get many prescriptions. Street names for oxycodone are oxy, oxycotton, OC, drugstore heroin, hillbilly heroin, roxi’s, and percs.
What Is An Oxycodone High?
Oxycodone is abused by many for its euphoric effects. An oxycodone “high” feeling is incredibly pleasant and gives the same feeling as using heroin or opium. It includes:
- Reduced anxiety
Many use Oxy as an escape. No matter what the circumstances in their life, they have a false sense of comfort. A high is received if the drug is not taken as prescribed by a physician at the recommended dosage. Abuse of the drug is when it is snorted, crushed, or dissolved in water and injected.
Common Side Effects
Outward side effects from oxycodone use are:
- Dry mouth
- Mood changes
More serious side effects are a vomiting and slowed breathing that could point to an overdose. Oxycodone should never be taken with alcohol. Oxycodone can depress the central nervous system. Alcohol intake has the same side effect. Combining these two greatly increases the risk of fatal overdose.
Get Help Today
Oxycodone drugs are powerful and can be very dangerous. If you are using them outside of the care of a physician or above the recommended use and dosage, you are putting your life at serious risk. AMC is here for you and wants to help you overcome your dependence or addiction to oxycodone. The best way to get through withdrawal of oxycodone and reduce the chances of relapse is counseling, support, and medication. We offer effective but affordable medication assisted treatment programs that will help you minimize the withdrawal symptoms and cravings. We offer counseling and support to help you understand your addiction and give you the tools to overcome it. Don’t wait to get help, seek treatment today!