Oxycodone is a painkiller that brings about its effects by altering the way the brain responds and processes pain. The drug is an opiate analgesic that is prescribed for mild to severe pain and is commonly traded under the brand name Percocet and Oxycontin. It comes in the form of a pill or as a syrup. Despite its accepted medical use, it has a high potential for abuse and can provoke severe physical and psychological dependency.
Some brands combine oxycodone with other drugs such as ibuprofen, aspirin and acetaminophen. It’s what is commonly referred to as “kickers,” “oxy,” and “blue” in the street.
Why People Use Oxycodone
The abuse of oxycodone is due to the fact that it can produce intense positive ‘feel good’ effects and rewarding sensations. The feel good effect dramatically increases the risk of oxycodone abuse when used recreationally- putting many people at risk. The recreational method of ingesting the drug also leads to faster and increased absorption of dangerous amounts of the drug in the body.
When the appropriate prescribed dose of oxycodone is taken, the effect of the drug includes pain relief, euphoria, decreased anxiety, and relaxation. These effects were highly welcomed at first because oxycodone could treat pain that other pain killers could not reach. The fact it was addictive was downplayed at the early stages of its use and it was only later that it was discovered that patients looking to better manage their pains ended up becoming addicted.
Effects Of Oxycodone
Oxycodone is a strong opiate and addiction to the drug is no different from that of heroine. People quickly build tolerance to the drug and people start requiring larger doses to treat the same pain if it’s used medically, or larger doses to feel high if it’s used as a recreational drug. People often start seeking the drug illegally if they can’t get enough of the drug to meet their needs from their GP.
Abuse of opiates suppress breathing that may be life threatening. Other symptoms of the drug abuse includes severe sleepiness, fainting, weak muscles, slow heartbeat (life-threatening for patient with heart problem), narrowing of the pupil, blue colouration on fingernails, lips, and skin and loss of consciousness.
The suppression of breathing is the most life-threatening of all its symptoms and this risk is even more pronounced when a person abuses it alongside alcohol or other drugs that causes suppression of breathing.
Withdrawing From Oxycodone
Withdrawing from this drug suddenly can be fatal if the person has built up tolerance for the drug. The best way to withdraw is in the right rehab clinic under supervision from people experienced with managing oxycodone drug withdrawal.
Ultimately, you will need the same courage, motivation, hard work, and commitment that anyone facing drug or alcohol addiction needs to wane themselves from such addiction. You will need to learn to live and make drug-free decisions and deal with the cravings of the drug with the help of your therapists and the rehab program. It is not easy but we have helped lot of people do it and we will do it for you too.