Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone AbuseWhen used properly, oxycodone relieves moderate to severe pain. However, since it belongs to a group of drugs opiate analgesics, it may become habit-forming. Habit-forming drugs often lead to abuse and addiction. There are several ways to abuse medications such as oxycodone. Sometimes, it is as innocent as a patient not receiving enough relief from the medication, so they raise the dosage without consulting their doctor. This is a dangerous thing to do with opiates because of its addictive nature. Abuse may also be 100 percent intentional. Some people take oxycodone simply for the effects it produces on their body, even though they are not in pain.

Medications similar to oxycodone are easy to abuse because of their ready availability. Many people keep these medications in their homes without thinking about the risk of abuse. Users will also go “doctor shopping” for these medications. Doctor shopping is when someone goes to several different doctors to get prescriptions. This way the doctor is unaware that the person has an unnecessary amount of the pills.

Signs and Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

Like with many other opiates, there are common side effects of oxycodone abuse. If you think a family member or friend is abusing oxycodone, look for some of the following signs and effects:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blanking of emotion

Oxycodone abuse may also lead to an overdose. If you or a loved one are experiencing the following symptoms, seek help immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Increase or decrease in pupil size
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Blue color of skin, fingernails or area around the mouth

Often people think that they will be able to stop whenever they want. However, oxycodone is not the type of drug that one can quit cold turkey and be fine. Abusing oxycodone leads to a dependence on the drug. The user’s body needs to the drug to continue functioning normally and when it is not present in the bloodstream, the user will experience symptoms of withdrawal that are highly unpleasant.

Oxycodone Abuse Help

If you or a loved one is abusing oxycodone there is a way out. Please call our toll free number at (888) 371-5715 if you would like more information on oxycodone abuse and treatment.