Hepatitis and Oxycodone Abuse

Hepatitis and Oxycodone AbuseA common risk of drug abuse is contracting hepatitis. Not only does oxycodone abuse have its own risks, but the drug may also complicate recovery from hepatitis. However, patients can address both problems simultaneously if they seek professional treatment.

What Is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a narcotic painkiller that is similar to morphine. It is prescribed for constant relief from the pain of trauma, injuries, muscle pain, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, lower back pain and cancer. Classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II drug, it is approved for medical use, but has a very high risk of abuse.

What Is Hepatitis?

Viral hepatitis is a disease that affects the liver and may be one of the following three forms:

  • Hepatitis A – This is the most common type of hepatitis and it often develops as people consume food or water that has come in contact with infected stool. Symptoms of hepatitis A typically fade within two months, but during that time patients are advised to reduce daily activity to conserve energy, stay hydrated, eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol and illegal drugs.
  • Hepatitis B – People contract this form from having contact with the blood and body fluids of an infected person. This type of contact may occur if you have unprotected sex with a carrier, share needless with an infected person, get a tattoo or piercing with unsanitary tools or share personal items such as razors or toothbrushes with an infected person. Symptoms of hepatitis B also fade within two months.
  • Hepatitis C – People may contract this disease in the same ways they contract hepatitis B, but also if they have a blood transfusion or organ transplant from an infected person. You may or may not receive treatment for hepatitis C, depending on the amount of liver damage you have, any other health conditions that affect you and how much of the virus is in your body. Additionally, treatment isn’t always an option, because the medicines that treat hepatitis C have serious side effects, are expensive and do not work for everyone.

With all types of hepatitis, using drugs and alcohol is contraindicated.

Symptoms of Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms often resemble hepatitis symptoms, which include the following problems:

  • Aches and pains
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vomiting

Therefore, oxycodone addicts who also have hepatitis may not be aware of how each problem affects their bodies, but they do need professional help.

Help for Oxycodone Addiction and Hepatitis

When people have hepatitis, they must seek treatment, especially if they also suffer from oxycodone abuse. Please call our toll-free helpline right now, because we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have and to help you find appropriate treatment.