Oxycodone and Physical Distress

Oxycodone and Physical Distress

Narcotics of any kind can cause physical distress and accidental overdose

Oxycodone is a prescription painkiller that relieves pain around the clock. This drug is not recommended for as-needed pain relief, meaning people should not take a pill of it anytime they feel pain, particularly because it is highly habit forming. Those who use the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed may develop a dependence as a result of this kind of drug abuse. Many people who abuse the drug become addicted to it due to the feelings of euphoria it produces, so you are not alone in your struggle if you have become hooked on this drug. Get the right kind of treatment to avoid the physical distress that can come from an addiction to oxycodone.

Effects of Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone addiction forms when the body and brain depend on the drug for the euphoria it produces. The drug works by changing how the body perceives pain, so people who abuse it can quickly become tolerant to it; tolerance means they need more of the drug to achieve the same level of relief. Once tolerance develops, dependence is not far behind, but knowing how addiction forms and what it looks like can help you recognize a problem before it grows out of control. If you or a loved one uses oxycodone, then be on the lookout for the following signs of addiction:

  • Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
  • Wanting a supply of the drug on hand at all times
  • Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
  • “Doctor shopping” to get new prescriptions for the drug
  • Engaging in illegal behaviors, like stealing, to get and use oxycodone
  • Participating in dangerous behaviors, like driving, while under the influence of oxycodone

Even one of these symptoms can indicate a problem, so seek help if you are struggling with any of the aforementioned problems.

Physical Distress Caused by Oxycodone

Narcotics of any kind can cause physical distress. The danger of abusing oxycodone in particular can quickly bring on accidental overdose. Because this drug is an extended-release tablet, those who are addicted to it can do great bodily harm to themselves by using more of it before the next dose is due. It is important to let your doctor know immediately if you experience break-through pain while using the drug: it may be time to change your dosage or to switch to a different medication. Chronic pain is difficult to deal with, so it is important to know that you are not alone, and that you have many people who want you to be well.

Find Help for Oxycodone Addiction

If you or a loved one struggles with oxycodone abuse, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about available treatment options.