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Signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction

Oxycodone addiction signs

If you’re worried that someone close to you is addicted to oxycodone, there are a few easy ways to tell.  The amount of time a person spends talking about or using oxycodone is one indicator.  Mixing alcohol and oxycodone or other drug combinations are also an indicator of abuse and addiction.  Plus, opioids like oxycodone lead to increased tolerance and users must increase the dosage to continue to get an effect from the drug. If you notice a person taking increased dosages, or having difficulty stopping oxycodone use, it is highly likely that the person is at least physicially dependent on oxycodone, if not fully addicted.

Here, we review all the signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction. And there are a number of things you can do to help an oxycodone addict, including an informal intervention. We invite you to read more here and then ask your questions about oxycodone addiction symptoms at the end.

Symptoms of oxycodone addiction

Addiction to oxycodone can cause induced mood disorders. In fact, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders states these can be characterized by a persistent disturbance in mood – such as being depressed or irritable. Further, the following criteria are a general guide for substance addiction, including oxycodone:

  1. Increased tolerance
  2. Much time is spent obtaining, using or recovering from the drug
  3. Persistent desire to have oxycodone, or unsuccessful efforts to cut down
  4. Social, occupational or recreational activities are reduced or given up completely as a result of oxycodone
  5. Withdrawal symptoms are present, or an addict continues to take oxycodone avoid withdrawal symptoms

Physical symptoms of oxycodone addiction can also be present, which are the result of use and withdrawal, such as:

  • dry mouth
  • muscle and bone pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • nodding off
  • sweating

Oxycodone addiction symptoms: Can they be treated?

Thankfully, oxycodone addiction symptoms can be treated. The first thing many try is an intervention, which come in two forms: informal, and formal. The goal is to get the addict into oxycodone addiction treatment. An informal intervention typically involves close family or friends sitting down with the oxycodone addict and discussing the problem. During this talk, you discuss how the drug use is affecting other people close to the oxycodone addict. A formal intervention involves professionals, such as counsellors or psychiatrists.

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Something to remembered is that oxycodone addiction symptoms manifest as a result of chemical dependency and psychological processes. Once the physical addiction is disrupted, the mental symptoms need to be addressed. Behavioral therapy is a commonly used treatment, as many addicts have underlying emotional issues that require attention. Help can be sought from clinics and even local practitioners, who can provide referrals.

Pharmaceutical treatments can be used to stop the effects of oxycodone, such as opiate blockers. Otherwise, lowering the dosage of oxycodone over time helps ease withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine and naloxone are also prescribed to address oxycodone withdrawal and dependency.

Finally, there are a range of addiction treatments modalities out there, including inpatient and outpatient options. Outpatient oxycodone addicts visit a clinic but go home afterwards, whereas inpatients will stay for a period of time – this option is typically for those with stronger oxycodone addictions, or who can benefit from avoiding temptation at home.

Signs of oxycodone addiction questions

Have any questions or comments regarding the signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction? Please leave a comment below and we will respond to you personally as quickly as we can.

Reference Sources: DSM-IV Substance Dependence Criteria
OxyContin Addiction and Substance Induced Mood Disorders

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3 Responses to “Signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction
Pat M.
12:39 pm June 24th, 2014

My mother who is 92 started taking oxycodone 10 mg-3 times a day for diagnosis of SI Joint pain.
It has since been increased to 15 mg-3 times a day. Now she’s had surgery for tongue
cancer and is on 15mg-4 times a day. It has been a week since surgery and she is still asking
for more pain control before 6 hours is up. She no longer talks about the SI Joint pain.
She talks constantly about the need for Oxycodone and how the doctor said she should
be careful not to miss a dose because it will take time to build back up in her system.
At a time when the pain should be decreasing each day she still is adamant to get
her Oxycodone saying the pain is at a level of 6.

Linda
2:04 am February 4th, 2015

Trying to wean off oxycodone! I take 15mg 3 times a day. I have about 40 15mg .I have tried to cut down but I don’t know what how are to do it. I can take 30 mg in the morning and feel ok till about 11 to 12 hrs. Please help me to wean off these.

1:30 pm February 17th, 2015

Hello Linda. The tapering schedule for each individual is different since every person reacts differently to the gradual dose decrease. You can ask your doctor to help you create and adjust a schedule that will fit your needs best. Also, s/he can prescribe other medications or suggest over-the-counter medications that can help you manage the withdrawal effects. Best of luck to you!

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