Understanding Oxycodone Addiction
Risks, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
In 1916, a German laboratory developed Oxycodone, which has a similar chemical structure to that of codeine. This medication can be prescribed to help relieve moderate to severe pain.
It was originally considered a miracle drug, unfortunately, so many found themselves dependent as their tolerance built, having to continually increase their dosage and Doctors started to limit the number prescribed.
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Some side effects of taking this as a prescribed medication can be; nausea, vomiting, constipation, cramps and abdominal pain, headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur.
Signs of addiction and withdrawal:
Generally, as people become addicted to this type of pain medication, they start to use more of the drug than recommended by the doctor – taking larger doses, more frequently than prescribed. Occasionally, inventing health issues to obtain additional prescriptions – the user gets the same high as heroin.
People with opioid use disorder:
- Crush the tablet and swallow or snort it
- Dilute it in water and inject it
- Get multiple prescriptions for narcotic pills from different doctors
- Go to the emergency room for more pills
- Request emergency refills for their medication because they say they lost some of their pills
- Drink alcohol or use sedatives or other painkillers with their prescription
- Take prescription painkillers without a prescription for any reason
The physical and psychological discomfort of withdrawal is one of the main reasons people delay seeking treatment for addiction. Symptoms of Oxycodone withdrawal are similar for all narcotic pain medications.
- Muscle and bone pain
- Anxiety and insomnia
- Flu-like symptoms
- Tremors and restlessness
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