Published on:
July 8th, 2009

An overdose of oxycodone hydrochloride can cause a myriad of symptoms and result in death. The narcotic opioid is used to treat pain and can be found in medications such as OxyContin . The powerful drug can cause overdose among patients with a prescribed dose and recreational users who take too much. An overdose occurs when the dose is in excess of what the body can handle. An oxycodone overdose can be completely accidental or intentional in nature. Symptoms of an oxycodone overdose are different among users and can depend on factors such as the amount used, how the body responds to the drug and whether it was used in conjunction with other substances. These include other narcotic medications, other prescription drugs, alcohol or illicit substances. Regular oxycodone use, even in the short term, can cause patients to develop a tolerance. When the prescribed dosage no longer effectively treats pain, some choose to increase their dose or escalate use. This can lead to addiction and overdose.

What to Expect in the Case of an Oxycodone Overdose

Oxycodone medications are often combination drugs that include other active ingredients such as acetaminophen. Overdose symptoms can depend on the combination of oxycodone and other ingredients. In an overdose situation, the oxycodone can cause symptoms including slowed or difficult breathing, slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, cold and clammy skin, weak or limp muscles, extreme fatigue leading to coma, cardiac arrest and death. Other active ingredients can cause overdose symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, sweating, irritability, loss of appetite, dark urine, low blood sugar, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, liver damage and death. Medical treatment should be sought immediately if any of these symptoms occur. The earlier the treatment, the better the outcome may be. Emergency medical personnel may pump the stomach, induce vomiting or give activated charcoal so the body doesn’t absorb the oxycodone. Medications may also be administered to counteract the effects of oxycodone and other ingredients.

Finding Help for Oxycodone Addiction

In addition to overdose, oxycodone use can lead to physical and psychological dependence. The Waismann Method of rapid detox has over 14 years worth of success treating cases of oxycodone addiction. Our safe, effective and humane rapid detox rids our patients of opiate addiction in a matter of days, compared to weeks or months with other detox and rehab facilities. It’s performed in an accredited hospital and takes less than two hours using medicine to cleanse oxycodone from patients’ opiate receptors. This occurs while they are under deep sedation administered by board-certified anesthesiologists. The withdrawal phase is accelerated and happens while patients are sedated. They awake opiate-free without awareness of withdrawal symptoms that occurred. We also offer renowned transitional care in our Domus Retreat aftercare facility. The serene atmosphere and holistic approach to recovery compliments services such as massage, biofeedback therapy and counseling.

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