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OxyContin Use

OxyContin is used to treat moderate to severe pain. However, OxyContin is a habit-forming medication that might lead

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Reduced Pain?

Oxycodone, is a semi-synthetic medication. The main characteristic of OxyContin is that it includes a time-release mechanism so that analgesic effect lasts longer. This means that OxyContin users don’t have to take the painkiller so often. Moreover, OxyContin has a higher concentration of the opioid oxycodone, so it has a strong effect in treating pain. Also, it can treat pain for about 12 hours, while the other oxycodone medications manage pain between 4-6 hours.

However, Oxy’s are habit-forming. OxyContin can cause euphoric feeling, and because of this many people start abusing it. So, what’s the line between medical use and drug abuse? How and why are people using Oxy?

We invite you to read more on OxyContin use in the article below. We’ll define medical use and recreational use of the drug…and outline the consequences. Then, we invite you to join our discussion in the comments section at the bottom of the page. In fact, we try to respond to all real-life comments with a personal and prompt reply.

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Medical Use Of OxyContin

OxyContin is used to treat moderate to severe chronic or acute pain. It acts on the human system by mingling with opiate brain receptors and spinal cord altering the way the brain perceives pain. Usually, Oxycontin is used to ease pain after surgery, an illness, or injury. However, it has been increasingly prescribed for moderate pain in the past decades. Why?

OxyContin is more effective at pain management in comparison with other painkillers. Also, it is possible for people with a level of tolerance to use it in larger doses without the risk of overdose, since OxyContin is not combined with other non-narcotic painkillers such as aspirin or acetaminophen.

Oxy is available only as tablets of 10 mg, 15mg, 20mg, 30mg, 40mg, 60mg, and 80mg. According to the dosage, OxyContin tablets vary in size and color, but all are imprinted with capital letters OC on one side, and the number of milligrams of the other side.

OxyContin Recreational Use

This medication can cause euphoria and feelings of well-being in those who take it. For this reason, many people start to abuse OxyContin. But, since it is classified as Schedule II class of drugs, any use of OxyContin except prescribed medically is considered illegal, and may put you in prison. Moreover, this is an addictive drug that can lead you to oxycodone addiction.

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Usually, it takes about 15-30 minutes to get ‘high’ on OxyContin oral tablets; but the onset of effects depends of the route of administration, dosage, and you own unique metabolism. The peak of euphoria frequently lasts form 3-5 hours.

OxyContin is often used recreationally in the following ways. Note here that these routes of administration are considered illegal.

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  • Snorting OxyContin delivers oxycodone quickly. Taking the medication this way, oxycodone enters the bloodstream in seconds. After it enters the blood, OxyContin travels through the nasal cavity, reaches the brain membrane, and arrives at the brain. The risk of instant overdose is always present when OxyContin is snorted. By using this mode of administration, you can damage your smell, nostrils, and even fall into a coma.
  • Smoking OxyContin involves inhaling oxycodone into the nose and lungs, allowing it to get quickly into the blood. However, be aware that you are not inhaling only oxycodone, instead you are also inhaling binders and fillers from the tablet. These chemicals are not absorbable in the body, thus they cause irritation of the nose, lungs, and eyes. Moreover, smoking OxyContin may bring you respiratory illness.
  • Injecting crushed OxyContin tablets delivers oxycodone straight into the bloodstream. This route brings quick effect, but the risks of death are higher.
  • Chewing OxyContin releases oxycodone more quickly than swallowing. The euphoric feelings can be more intense but do not last as long as oral consumption and usually diminish after one hour. The decision to chew OxyContin may destroy your teeth and gym.

In case of OxyContin overdose immediately call Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 or DIAL 911.

Long-Term OxyContin Use

As an effective painkiller, OxyContin (controlled-release oxycodone tablets) may be used over the long-term. This means that long-term OxyContin is used for chronic pain that lasts up to 6 months and more. The long-term therapy with OxyContin is safe only when supervised and taken as prescribed by doctor.

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OxyContin is a habit-forming medication. After period of OxyContin, your body builds up a level of tolerance and adapts the presence of the drug. When your body creates tolerant level to OxyContin, it actually becomes OxyContin dependent. Below is a list of the most common adverse effects of long term OxyContin Use:

  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Itching
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Sweating

Prolonged Use Of OxyContin

Thanks to oxycodone, OxyContin affects the central nervous system gradually by acting on those brain receptors responsible for pain. Moreover, it changes the way how brain perceives pain. However, prolonged use of OxyContin will lead to physical dependence. This means that after a period of OxyContin use, the human system builds up a level of tolerance, and it gets used to the presence of the drug. At this point, the body has become OxyContin dependent;  it needs the drug to continue to function normally. Plus, you’ll probably need to take more oxycodone more often in order to achieve initial effect.

At the stage of OxyContin dependence, you will experience OxyContin withdrawal symptoms if you lower the doses or stop taking the drug. Withdrawal occurs because the body needs time to get used living without OxyContin (usually a period during which medical oxycodone detox may be needed). Usually, symptoms start about 6-8 hours after the last dose of OxyContin. But, depending of the individual, history of drug abuse, body weight, and similar factors, they could last from several weeks to months. Some of the typical OxyContin withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irregular breathing
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Poor appetite
  • Sleep disorders
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Yawning

OxyContin Use Questions

Chronic use of OxyContin may be dangerous. So, be careful and use it only as prescribed by doctor.

We hope to have answered your questions about Oxy. However, if you still have any concerns about OxyContin use, please leave them in the section bellow. We try to reply promptly and personally to all real-life questions.

Reference Sources: NIH: Daily Med: OxyContin
FDA: OxyContin
NIH: Long-term use of controlled-release oxycodone for noncancer pain
Justice: OxyContin
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