Preventing an Oxycodone Addiction from Getting Worse

Preventing an Oxycodone Addiction from Getting WorseOxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II drug which means that it is approved for medical use, but has a very high risk of abuse. Oxycodone is frequently prescribed to effectively treat moderate to severe pain. Most often, oxycodone is prescribed to patients for round-the-clock relieve from pain due to trauma, injuries, muscle pain, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, lower back pain, and cancer pain.

Oxycodone Side Effects

According to the Mayo Clinic, people who are prescribed oxycodone and take it as directed may experience the following side effects:

  • Chills
  • Cold sweats
  • Confusion
  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Twitching
  • Wheezing

If you experience any of these side effects, you need to consult your physician to find an alternate medication.

Signs of Oxycodone Abuse

The methods by which people abuse oxycodone include taking more that what is prescribed, taking the current dosage more frequently than directed, and using oxycodone without a prescription. Abuse of a drug can lead to tolerance and dependence, which are precursors to addiction. To prevent addiction, a person may try the following:

  • Speak to your physician about your current use of oxycodone
  • Attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting to learn more about addiction and warning signs
  • Take a personal inventory of your feelings and behaviors associated with your use of oxycodone

If you suspect you may be addicted to oxycodone, you need to look for signs of abuse such as the following:

  • Reduced sense of pain
  • Sedation
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Slowed breathing

The best way to prevent oxycodone addiction from getting worse is to acknowledge it quickly and take corrective action.

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

If you suspect that you may be addicted to oxycodone, you may decide to discontinue using the drug without medical supervision. Unfortunately, you can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms including the following:

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

To avoid these withdrawal symptoms, you want to consult with your physician about weaning off the medication. However, if you are addicted to oxycodone, physical withdrawal is only part of the process; you also have a psychological addiction to resolve. The best choice is to seek drug addiction treatment services.

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

If you are addicted to oxycodone it does not matter whether you started using it because it was prescribed to you. What matters is that you acknowledge that your use turned to abuse and abuse grew into addiction. You recognize that you need help but you may need assistance in understanding your options and finding the right treatment for you. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about oxycodone addiction treatment.