A higher dose version of Oxycontin was released in 1995 to help people who lived with pain. Since that time, it has become a source of frequent addiction and abuse. This drug is known as a slow-release heroin. The body takes longer to process Oxycontin which means it takes more time for the body to come down. There are many effects as a result of abusing this drug.
Side Effects of OxyContin
Medical use of Oxycontin may result in allergic reactions including fainting, seizures, clammy, cold skin and confusion. Insomnia, vomiting and nausea have been reported by others who experienced an allergy. An Oxycontin overdose can result from delivering the pill into the body too quickly through crushing or snorting the drug. When this happens, the body becomes overwhelmed by the effects and can easily result in an overdose due to severe respiratory distress. Oxycontin may be taken along with another substance such alcohol which acts as a depressant which may cause a slowdown in breathing enough to cause death.
Signs of OxyContin Abuse
Individuals who are addicted to Oxycontin may exhibit some or all of the following signs of abuse.
- Increased use of the drug over a period of time and becoming more tolerant of its effects
- Changes in personality including energy and mood shifts. Concentration may be affected including loss of ability to focus at work or on personal responsibilities since use of the drug will surpass any other things happening
- Social withdrawal from others including family and friends
- Change in daily habits and appearance including personal hygiene, eating and sleeping habits and red eyes or runny nose
- Increased sensitivity to other sights, sounds and emotions including hallucinations
- Defensiveness or lashing out in response to simple demands and requests in an attempt to hide dependence on the drug
People take drugs for all kinds of reasons however they are essentially poisons. Prescription medicine is designed to help a person cope with pain but can eventually turn into an addiction even if monitored by a doctor. As difficult as it is to face, an addiction is a serious issue with lasting consequences. The sooner treatment is sought the better as most addictions to painkillers only worsen, not get better, over time and professional help is typically needed to aid in recovery.
If you suspect someone you love has an addiction to Oxycontin or painkillers, help is available. Specialists, counselors and trained therapists are available at Hired Power to help answer any questions you might have.
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