OxyContin (generic name oxycodone) extended-release tablets is a narcotic pain reliever for moderate to severe pain that is known to be habit-forming. It is available in the U.S. in 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg and 80 mg. The strength identifies the amount of oxycodone per tablet.
Brand Names: Oxycontin, Roxicodone, Xtampza ER, and Oxaydo
This prescription pain drug is prescribed only for those patients who have been taking opioids. Also, the DEA considers Oxycontin a Schedule II controlled substance. Meaning, this medication is to help with severe ongoing pain and not for occasional use.
Physicians often prescribe Oxycontin to treat chronic pain or other discomforts associated with cancer. However, people should not use it if they have had allergic reactions to narcotics such as Percocet, Lortab, Vicodin, and Methadone.
Warnings and Risks
As with all other opioid prescription drugs, OXYCONTIN can quickly lead to addiction, abuse, and overdose. There is a higher risk of overdose and death with this drug, due to the more substantial amount of oxycodone present in each tablet. Time-release medications such as OXYCONTIN are supposed to deliver the opioid over an extended period of time; when tempered with, the results can be tragic.
Addiction can also occur at recommended doses. Although when abuse or misuse of OXYCONTIN happens, the risks are much higher.
Strategies to reduce addiction risks include prescribing the drug in the small amounts and educating the patient on the proper benefits and risks. Furthermore, crushing, chewing, snorting, or injecting the drug can result in the uncontrolled delivery, which results in overdose or even death.
Reported Adverse Effects Include:
- Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression
- Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
- Negative Interactions With Central Nervous System Depressants
- Higher health Risks in Elderly, Cachectic, and Debilitated Patients
or those with Chronic Pulmonary Disease.
- Hypotensive Effects
- Difficulty in Swallowing or Possibly Harmful to Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions
- Convulsive or Seizure Disorders may worsen.
Oxycontin has a high risk for dependence and eventually addiction. When taken in high doses or when combined with other substances, especially alcohol it can cause respiratory distress which can lead to death.
Never change or stop taking an opioid medication without first checking with your prescribing doctor. If a specific prescription drug is not working as well as it should, your physician may adjust the dosage or try another medication.
When you’re ready to stop taking opioids, your doctor may try to help you wean off or refer you to a specialized drug treatment program. If you have taken an opioid medication for an extended period, give your body time to regulate. Otherwise, you may feel uncomfortable symptoms of a withdrawal syndrome.
Possible Side Effects
Those who’ve taken more than the prescribed dosage or who don’t tolerate opiates well may experience side effects. That is one of the reasons physicians often manage prescription pain medications so closely. This class of drugs can potentially cause side effects such as:
Impaired thinking or reactions
- A headache
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Abdominal pain
Oxycontin Withdrawal Symptoms
After taking an oxycodone-based drug for a specified period of time, you might find that you need more and more to achieve the same effect as it initially did. This condition is called physical tolerance. It is not the same as addiction, instead, a physiological dependence.
If you abruptly stop taking the opioid or try to reduce the dosage, you are probably going to feel withdrawal symptoms such as:
- Intense Anxiety
- Muscle Pain
- Flu-Like Symptoms.
OXYCONTIN WITHDRAWAL CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO OVERCOME, AND HAS A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF RELAPSE DURING DETOX, FOR THIS REASON, DOCTORS OFTEN RECOMMEND AN INPATIENT MEDICAL DETOX.
Duration of an opioid withdrawal depends on many unique factors, including the strength and dose of the specific drug. Also, whether it was an extended release formulation or not, the length of time individual took opioids. Furthermore, environmental stresses, and biological or genetic factors that can also contribute to further issues with addiction.
The term addiction is no longer clinically accurate. Instead, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) uses the term substance use disorder. When the condition is concerning oxycontin, the diagnosis is “opioid use disorder.”
Oxycodone has a chemical formulation to replicate the structure of morphine, and like all opioid narcotics, it has an acutely high addiction profile. Behavioral signs and consequences of addiction depend on a range of individual factors. Factors such as someone’s financial capabilities, mental health status and the severity of the addiction.
Often the affected individual might appear drowsy and not really attentive. They might suffer from the inability to perform basic tasks because the drug abuse disrupts a person’s cognitive functioning, which makes much more difficult to concentrate. As a result, there is usually a drop in all-around performance level.
Furthermore, an opioid user may have a difficult time maintaining family relationships and friendships. They may also withdraw from once enjoyable activities, especially with people that know them well and can identify the condition.
Finding the best oxycontin addiction treatment can be challenging and confusing. Effective programs should offer a full spectrum of services that best fit an individual unique needs. Additionally, comprehensive evaluations should also be part of the treatment, so an individualized plan is customized. An inpatient hospital-based medical detox can provide the highest level of care. It allows for round-the-clock medical monitoring and adequate withdrawal management. An Oxycontin medical detox ensures your body safely overcome the withdrawal symptoms with minimum discomfort.
The Waisman Method® team has been providing opioid treatment for nearly 20 years. The total stay typically lasts 5-10days, and our professional team offers 24/7 supervision. Because of our accredited private hospital, we are also able to address additional medical issues and administer the appropriate medications if clinically necessary.
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