OxyContin, oxycodone hydrochloride, is a drug that has become one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the United State. Though prescribed as a controlled-release medication used to treat chronic pain, it is commonly abused and can cause serious health risks. What is it and why is it so commonly abused?
What is OxyContin?
OxyContin is a brand name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride. OxyContin is a narcotic analgesic. It is a controlled-release version of the drug oxycodone, a derivative of opium. It is a Schedule II controlled substance. It is prescribed to treat serious and chronic pain. Patients with serious injuries, arthritis, and cancer have often prescribed this drug due to its time-release formula, providing relief from pain for up to 12 hours.
The major health benefit is its ability to control pain for up to 12 hours. This provides relief for patients with chronic pain without having to take pain medication throughout the day. Unfortunately, despite the many health benefits, OxyContin has a risk of abuse and addiction.
Effects and Dangers
When used as prescribed, OxyContin manages chronic pain for up to 12 hours. The most common side effects are euphoria, pain relief, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, lethargy, dizziness, dry mouth, sweating, confusion, and itching. Side effects that require you to contact your doctor are shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizures, severe weakness, and confusion.
When abused, the health risks associated with the drug increase. Some physical signs and symptoms of OxyContin abuse are euphoria, depression, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, “nodding out”, constipation, dizziness, headache, sweating, itching, dry mouth, pupillary constriction, and respiratory depression. Some behavior signs and symptoms of OxyContin abuse are: taking more than prescribed, alternative routes of administration (crushing the tablet, snorting, smoking, injecting), doctor shopping, losing prescriptions, track marks, extreme drowsiness, financial issues, change in overall demeanor, and difficulties maintain responsibilities and personal relationships. Abuse of OxyContin can lead to dependence, addiction, unintentional overdose, coma, and even death.
Factors That Influence Drug Testing
Different drug tests are more effective with particular drugs. When determining which test is best, it is important to understand that additional factors that could influence the drug testing.
– User’s height and weight: the size of the user can determine how long the drug will be detectable in their system
– Amount of drug used: if higher doses of the drug are consumed it will remain in the user’s system longer.
– User’s metabolism speed: someone with a faster metabolism may have a shorter duration of time when the drug is detectable.
Getting Help for OxyContin Addiction
OxyContin is commonly abused, especially as an alternative to illegal opiates. The health risks associated with OxyContin abuse are serious and can be life-threatening . It is imperative that if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one you seek help. If you or someone you know needs help from OxyContin addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.