Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever. Taking it can lead to a host of side effects, some which can be mild and others which can be severe. Not everyone who takes oxycodone and other opiates experiences the same side effects. All prescription medications can cause some side effects but individuals can take them without issue. Oxycodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain and has the potential to cause physical and psychological dependence and addiction. How you tolerate the medication and whether side effects appear depends on several factors including how your body metabolizes the drug, the amount taken and whether or not you are already tolerant to opiates. Oxycodone medications are marketed under a variety of names including OxyContin . Oxycodone comes in short-acting and long-acting preparations and combination products. Some of these combination products include other active ingredients such as acetaminophen. Side effects can vary widely depending on the oxycodone product you are taking.

Some Oxycodone Side Effects Can Be Serious

Constipation is one of the most commonly reported side effects of opiate use. Other common effects include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, itching, headaches, sweating and weakness. Some side effects can be more serious and should be reported to a doctor immediately. These can include behavior or mood changes, confusion, severe constipation, unsteadiness, slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, irregular or difficult breathing, difficulty with urination, seizures, severe drowsiness and a compulsive feeling to keep taking the drug. Dependence and addiction can also be side effects of opiate use. Other serious symptoms which need immediate medical attention include signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, rash, itching, wheezing, swelling and difficult breathing.

Less Commonly Reported Side Effects of Oxycodone Use

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if certain medical problems or discomforts are related to the medication you are taking or something unrelated. With oxycodone, there are some less commonly reported side effects that fall into this category. They can include: migraines, gas, dehydration, thirst, neck pain, difficulty swallowing, increased hunger, tremors, vertigo, amnesia, dry skin, impotence, decreased sex drive and missed or irregular menstrual periods.

Waismann Method Provides the Safest and Most Humane Oxycodone Detox

Professional help is necessary if you are addicted to OxyContin or any other medications containing oxycodone. Many programs use opiates to treat opiate addiction which may lead to another addiction. The Waismann Method of rapid detox doesn’t use opiate replacements, instead offering a world-renowned rapid detox that virtually eliminates withdrawal. Patients sleep lightly under deep sedation for a short time while medication cleanses the oxycodone from their opiate receptors. Patients awake opiate free without the awareness of the accelerated withdrawal that occurred while they were asleep. The Waismann Method offers safe, responsible and completely confidential treatment. Our Domus Retreat aftercare facility is also available for guests who want to continue their recovery in a posh, spa-like atmosphere. Here, you can take advantage of therapy and self-exploration to heal mind, body and spirit.


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