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Addiction is a chronic disease that deeply affects the way our mind and body functions. It is not uncommon for the byproducts of addiction to result in negative outcomes in almost all areas of someone’s life. Addiction is a progressive, fatal disease, but treatable.
Oxycodone is found in commonly prescribed and potent pain killers, like OxyContin and Percocet, and is one of the most frequently misused prescription drugs. Users usually begin using the prescribed amount, but the body can develop a tolerance to the drug and a higher dosage is required in order to sustain the same pain relief or high from the oxycodone.
Oxycodone is a dangerous drug when misused, the biggest danger being a lethal overdose. Oxycodone causes respiratory depression and lowers blood pressure. This can result in seizures, comas or cardiac arrest. Risks, especially of overdose, are much greater when alcohol or other depressant drugs are taken with the oxycodone.
Direct side effects of oxycodone can be from somewhat uncomfortable to possibly fatal. Even when taking oxycodone only as prescribed there could be side effects, including:
- Respiratory depression
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lowered blood pressure
- Intense dreams
- Dry mouth
- Blurry vision
Long-term use of oxycodone can result in more severe physical and mental health problems, like:
- Heart problems
- Pain and cramps
- Intensified pressure of spinal fluid
- Swelling in limbs
Oxycodone withdrawal generally begins within 8-12 hours of last taking the drug and peaks around 72 hours. Symptoms usually diminish in roughly a week, though some of the psychological effects and cravings can be difficult to shake, prolonging the oxycodone withdrawal.
Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms are dependent on how it was taken, as well as the formulation of the oxycodone. Immediate-release forms have a half-life of 3-4 hours, whereas extended-release have a half-life of about 12 hours. Injecting, snorting or smoking can also send the drug more quickly into the bloodstream, where it can take an immediate effect and be shorter-lived than when ingesting a pill or tablet. Age, gender, weight, interval of use, regularity of use, usual dosage and other drugs being taken can also effect the length of oxycodone withdrawal.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Oxycodone
Oxycodone is very addictive as it is derived from opiates, making it comparable to morphine or heroin withdrawal. Addiction affects the chemical makeup of the brain and there can be severe physical and mental impacts for a person going through oxycodone withdrawal.
Physical symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal:
- Intestinal cramps
- Body, muscle pain
- Loose bowels
- Enlarged pupils
- Flu-like symptoms
- Raised blood pressure
- Hormone imbalance
- Queasiness, vomiting
- Night sweats
- Rapid heartbeat
- Runny nose
- Teary eyes
- Excessive yawning
Emotional symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal:
- Sleep problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty concentrating
- Extreme cravings
If you or a loved one need help give us a call right away. Or you can schedule a free, no obligation PHONE CONSULTATION on oxycodone withdrawal.