Understanding Oxycodone Addiction

oxycodone addiction

America is currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. At the center of this epidemic is the medication, oxycodone. Oxycodone is a narcotic prescription painkilling medicine, and it is a synthetic product of the opium poppy. It is chemically very similar to heroin, morphine and other opioids that are known to be extremely addictive.

Because oxycodone produces a euphoric feeling in anyone who takes it, even a legitimate prescription for the medication can lead to abuse and addiction. Fortunately, oxycodone addiction is treatable.

Oxycodone Brand Names

Pharmaceutical companies manufacture oxycodone under the following brand names:

  • OxyContin
  • Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
  • Tylox (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
  • Percodan (oxycodone and aspirin)

Symptoms of Oxycodone Use

The use of oxycodone can have many different effects on the body. Some of these symptoms are “desirable”, and some of them are the reasons physicians prescribe the drug.

Physical symptoms of oxycodone use include:

  • Pain relief
  • Cough suppression
  • Drowsiness
  • Sedation
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Slowed breathing
  • Flushed complexion
  • Stomach pain

Psychological symptoms of oxycodone use include:

  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Feelings of relaxation

There can also be unwanted side effects caused by the use of oxycodone including:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heartbeat changes
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Itching
  • Rash or hives
  • Swelling
  • Seizures
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lightheadedness
  • Diarrhea

Effects of Long-Term Abuse of Oxycodone

When oxycodone is abused over a long period of time, there may be serious health effects. Some of these effects may lead to further disabilities and disease or cause irreversible damage. Long-term side effects of the abuse and addiction of oxycodone include:

  • Liver damage and failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Low blood pressure
  • Brain damage
  • Heart failure
  • Arthritis
  • Breathing irregularities
  • Respiratory depression
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Collapsed veins
  • Heart infection

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

If you suspect that a loved one may be addicted to oxycodone, be on the lookout for social changes. Is your loved one socially isolating him or herself? Also, consider the daily activities your loved one participates in like work, school and hobbies. Is he or she demonstrating a lack of interest in activities that he or she used to be interested in? How are his or her relationships? Personal finances? These all may be signs of oxycodone addiction.

Staging an Oxycodone Addiction Intervention

Oxycodone addiction is a serious matter. It can lead to fatal overdose in many cases. If you have a loved one who is struggling with oxycodone addiction, it’s imperative that they seek treatment. You may need to stage an intervention and introduce consequences as a result of not seeking treatment. The person may be resistant to this now, but after they are no longer in active addiction, they will understand why you had to resort to drastic measures.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

As with any opioid, withdrawal symptoms result in stopping oxycodone. The oxycodone withdrawal symptoms may be more severe if you have been abusing the medication for a long period of time or if you are taking a high dosage. It’s recommended that you seek medical assistance while you are detoxing. If you attempt to detox on your own, you may be tempted to relapse when the withdrawal symptoms get bad.

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking
  • Body cramping
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Cold sweats
  • Drug craving

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment

Seeking treatment for your oxycodone addiction is absolutely essential. Drug addiction is a disease that needs to be treated, just like diabetes or cancer. Find the courage to reach out and ask for the help you need. If you don’t stop using oxycodone, it could result in tragic consequences for you and your loved ones. Luckily, there are many treatment centers that offer oxycodone treatment.

The Recovery Village Ridgefield is one such facility. Tucked away in the Cascade Mountains, our facility is located close to Seattle, Washington; Tacoma, Washington; Vancouver, Washington; Portland, Oregon and Eugene, Oregon. We provide inpatient and outpatient treatment programs as well as medical detox programs for oxycodone treatment. If you are interested in beginning a path to recovery, give us a call today. We are waiting to speak with you.

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