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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Oxycodone Overview

Oxycodone Addiction TreatmentOxycodone is a powerful painkiller belonging to the opiate family. As such, those taking the drug are at an increased risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Doctors typically prescribe this medication for those with moderate to severe pain and to patients who have continuous pain. Since Oxycodone is an extended-relief medication, it slowly releases into the bloodstream, providing relief for hours. The relief from pain and pleasurable feelings that occur because of the medication can cause addiction in some patients.

Oxycodone has been marketed in dozens of different formulations, including:

  • Endocet
  • Oxycocet
  • OxyFast
  • Oxygesic
  • Percodan
  • Percocet
  • Roxicet
  • Roxicodone

Oxycodone Signs of Abuse

While not all patients display the same signs of abuse, you should notice one or more of the following if the person abuses the drug:

  • Constantly thinking about the drug
  • Obtaining multiple prescriptions for Oxycodone
  • Feeling phantom pains when the drug is not available
  • Restless thoughts or behaviors
  • Lying or stealing to obtain more of the drug
  • Using the drug in secret
  • Hiding the drug around the house

Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

  • Drowsiness, sometimes to the point of nodding off
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory suppression
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Here are some withdrawal symptoms an individual may face from Oxycodone abuse:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches, disorientation
  • Depression
  • Sweating
  • Feverish
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Agitation

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