Making the Decision to Quit Oxycodone

Making the decision to quit OxycodoneChemically similar to morphine, oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended release form of this medication is manufactured for around the clock treatment of pain.

Physical Impact of Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone’s physical impact on the body is similar to that of heroin. Because of the extended release aspect of the drug, there is a large amount of the drug in the medication which is designed to be taken slowly throughout a day, not all at once. However, abusers often crush, snort or inject oxycodone. By doing, so a person floods the body with the drug which causes a rush or euphoria and makes the user feel free of pain, anxiety and unhappiness. As the drug exits the brain, the heightened pleasure is replaced by a sensation of unease.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Effects

The dosage of oxycodone should never be increased or decreased without a physician evaluating your need and making a recommendation. If a person discontinues using oxycodone abruptly, they will experience withdrawal symptoms which may include the following:

  • Abnormal skin sensations
  • Aches and pains
  • Anxiety
  • Cold- or flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Goose bumps
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rigid muscles
  • Runny nose
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • Shivering or tremors
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Sneezing
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vomiting

Why Do Women Abuse Oxycodone?

Much research has been done by several noted organizations, research hospitals, and universities to explore the difference between how men and women process and treat pain. The International Association for the Study of Pain found the following facts:

  • Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men around the world
  • Women are less likely to receive treatment
  • Women generally experience more recurrent pain, more severe pain and longer lasting pain than men
  • Women experience pain in more bodily areas

In addition, the following pain conditions were identified to be more prevalent in women than in men:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Migraine headache

Benefits of Quitting Oxycodone Abuse

Quitting oxycodone abuse can allow users to return to feeling good about their physical and emotional health. Quitting allows the emotional side effects of oxycodone abuse to end. These side effects may include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Decreased libido
  • Depression
  • Lack of interest in friends and family

Quitting oxycodone also allows individuals to avoid the physical impact of addiction. These physical side effects may include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

Determining when oxycodone has moved from therapeutic benefit for pain management to abuse is often difficult to do. However, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction  and treatment. We are here to help.