Effects of Oxycodone Abuse on the Immune System

Effects of Oxycodone Abuse on the Immune SystemPrescription painkillers, like oxycodone, are tremendously useful to those with medicinal needs for pain relief; however the health benefits of oxycodone are canceled out by numerous adverse effects when the drug is abused or misused.

Oxycodone is an opioid agonist that acts as a therapeutic analgesia. Even when oxycodone is taken responsibly, the drug’s chemical activity affects numerous areas and functioning of the body. When oxycodone is abused, the drug has a great effect on the central nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and immune systems. High doses of oxycodone, as with all opioids, will act as an immunosuppressive, or significantly suppress the immune system.

How Oxycodone Addiction and Illness Interact

When oxycodone is abused or taken long-term the cellular immune response and antibody production may be suppressed, which increases the risk of infection and compromises the immune system’s ability to attack viral and bacterial aggressors. Therefore, individuals abusing or addicted to oxycodone are more prone to illness and have a harder time getting healthy from an illness or infection. The longer oxycodone is abused, the more likely the user will develop a dependence and/or addiction to the drug. Oxycodone addiction is aggressive, destructive, and detrimental to one’s health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

Adding to the adverse immune system effects, are other poor physical and psychological health effects of oxycodone abuse, such as:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Constipation
  • Heart disease
  • Liver and kidney diseases or failure
  • Overdose
  • Dependence
  • Addiction
  • Hypogonadism
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Decreased libido
  • Infertility
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Increased risk of osteoporosis
  • Opined Induced-Hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain)

Ready to Get Healthy and End Your Oxycodone Abuse?

If you are sick and tired of struggling with the adverse effects your oxycodone abuse is wreaking on your life, we can help you regain your health and livelihood by putting an end to your oxycodone abuse or addiction. Our trained addiction counselors are available 24 hours a day to assist you in your search for oxycodone addiction treatment and recovery services. Counselors are ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with all the information you need about ending oxycodone abuse or addiction. We are here to connect you with the resources and services that fit your individual recovery needs. To learn more about finding individualized oxycodone abuse or addiction treatment, call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline now. A counselor is waiting to lend a listening ear and a professional, helping hand.