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Oxycodone

What is oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, a white, odorless crystalline powder. It’s synthesized from the opiate alkaloid thebaine, which is derived from the poppy plant. It is available as a medication in immediate release and controlled release pills of 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg. Oxycodone can be found under the trade names Roxicodone, OxyContin, Oxecta, OxyIR, and Endone.

Why do people use oxycodone?

As a narcotic analgesic, this medication usually prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief. In fact, managing moderate to moderately severe acute or chronic pain is the main medical purpose for using oxycodone. If taken as prescribed by doctors, oxycodone can significantly improve the quality of life for patients suffering a range of types of pain.

However, some individuals abuse oxycodone recreationally because it triggers a “high”, or euphoric effect, triggered by psychoactive effects in the central nervous system. Depressed people and patients who suffer from anxiety find it very appealing since it lifts up mood, has a slight euphoric effect and lessens anxiety. People suffering from insomnia abuse this medication in order to produce drowsiness and fall asleep easily. Regardless, recreational use of this drug is hazardous and harmful.

Individuals who use or abuse oxycodone can administer it in the following ways:

  • orally
  • rectally
  • crushing and snorting
  • epidural injection
  • intramuscular injection
  • intravenously
  • subcutaneous injection
  • transdermally (delivered across the skin)

Oxycodone effects

If used for a short period in time, the effects of oxycodone are generally positive. The users prescribed with oxycodone feel relaxed and relieved of pain. However, those feelings are also the main reason why some people get “hooked” on oxycodone.

Oxycodone can produce side effects that counterbalance its positive properties. Negative effects range from nausea and constipation, to respiratory difficulties and in some cases severe rashes, allergic reactions, swelling of tongue and throat have been noted. Additionally, long term oxycodone users can face health problems such as:

  • liver and kidney damage
  • loss of appetite
  • physical dependence
  • respiratory distress
  • seizures (convulsions)
  • severe headaches
  • tolerance to the drug

Is oxycodone addictive?

Oxycodone has a moderate to high dependence liability. Just like other opioids and opiates, the continuous use of oxycodone can result increased tolerance to its effects. When tolerant, you have to keep increasing dosage amounts or frequency of use in order to achieve the same initial therapeutic effects as first use. Still, dependence to oxycodone can be both physical and psychological. Users can become addicted to oxycodone, when obtaining and using the drug becomes the most important thing in their live. Caught in a cycle of physical need and craving, addicts will use all means possible to keep themselves supplied with oxycodone and to prevent withdrawal. But help is available through structured oxycodone addiction treatment and dedication to recovery.

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4 Responses to “Oxycodone
Cheryl
11:19 pm May 11th, 2017

I take 10/325 oxicodone 5 times aday and antriptyline 25mgs aday iam waking up hearing one certain voice and during the day I hear someone saying f… You all day it’s scaring me bad

Linda
10:33 pm May 13th, 2017

I have been on oxycodone 30mg every 4 hours for many years. I went to a North Carolina clinic to help me get off. Long story short, they cold turkied me. Never been that ill in my life!!! No help what so ever,even though I continued to call. I went back on it…I could not go cold turkey. I am on 30mg every 6 hours. I need help and would love a medically supervised or retreat to go to. I have Medicare and United health care. Do you have suggestions for me before I go online to get some?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
2:56 pm May 15th, 2017

Hi Linda. Call the number you see on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can help you find the best treatment for you. The helpline is free, confidential, and available 24/7. Also, download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opioid Painkillers’ to learn more about the process of quitting, here: http://addictionblog.org/ebooks/how-to-quit-opioid-painkillers/

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:31 pm May 22nd, 2017

Hi Cheryl. I suggest that you consult with your doctor about your issue.

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