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In 1916, in Germany, oxycodone was first created from thebaine. In United States, it was the 52nd most commonly prescribed medication in 2017. There were more than 15 million prescriptions that year. Whether as part of a multi-ingredient medication or by itself, oxycodone is a Schedule ll controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

Because of the feelings of reduced anxiety, relaxation, and euphoria induced by opioid analgesics like oxycodone, occasional recreational users of the drug are not uncommon. In the United States, of all the abused pharmaceutical drugs, oxycodone is one of the most commonly abused.

What is Oxycodone?

Marketed under the brand names such as Percodan, Percocet, Roxicodone, and OxyContin, the opiate medication known as oxycodone is a common drug of abuse but medically prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Within 15 minutes of ingestion, pain relief typically begins. With the immediate release formula, it can last for up to six hours. It is available by injection in certain parts of the world.

Oxycodone can be combined with other products such as aspirin, naloxone, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Common street names for oxycodone are as follows:

  • Pills
  • Percs
  • Oxycotton
  • Oxy
  • Ox
  • O.C.
  • Kickers
  • Hillbilly Heroin
  • Greenies
  • Ercs
  • Cotton
  • Bananas

What are the Side Effects of Oxycodone Addiction?

Of all the drugs available by prescription, one of the most addictive is the potent painkiller known as oxycodone. Its more pleasant, desirable side effects make it hard for many to resist.

When prescribed oxycodone, one may experience the following symptoms which are considered common:

  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Appetite loss
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Constipation
  • Euphoria

Some side effects can be severe, which would include one or more of the following:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Bradycardia
  • Respiratory depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Dependence and addiction

Understanding Oxycodone Overdose

Including children of approximately 12 years of age, oxycodone is abused by over 13 million Americans (according to the US Department of Justice). Already a problem 10 years ago, each day, oxycodone users totaled nearly 5,500. Every year, due to painkiller misuse, roughly 100,000 people require hospital admittance.

Oxycodone overdoses happen by accident but can also be a purposeful act. If, through their normal doses, someone feels they aren’t getting enough pain relief, they may take more… then more. Pretty soon they’ve overdosed. But, to get intoxicated or high, or to intentionally hurt one’s self, intentional overdoses do occur.

Common symptoms of overdose can include nausea, constipation, and drowsiness. There are more serious symptoms, however, that can result from an overdose. These are as follows:

  • Unconsciousness
  • Constricted pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness/extreme fatigue
  • Shallow breathing which could continuously slow down until it stops

How to Treat Oxycodone Addiction

For those wishing to discontinue their use of oxycodone, particularly if they have already formed an addiction, these individuals may experience opioid withdrawal. After taking the last dose, withdrawal can begin in 8 to 12 hours. For about a week, the physical symptoms can linger. What will stick around far longer, however, is the drug craving and the psychological symptoms.

It is always advised that individuals wishing to detox receive treatment and assistance from licensed and qualified medical personnel when they decide to beat their addiction for good.

Why Work with Spark To Recovery?

Spark To Recovery offers oxycodone addiction treatment with unending supervision and support from clinical staff. For each individual client, plans are tailored to fit their precise needs and unique treatment plans are developed. To promote sobriety maintenance in addiction recovery, throughout each day, planned activities take place. Though there are numerous programs from which to choose, for sobriety maintenance, aftercare is encouraged and considered essential.

Start your oxycodone addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.

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