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OxyContin, while its primary purpose is to reduce pain, may also provide its user with feelings of intense euphoria. OxyContin users may develop an addiction to the drug when abusing it as well as when taking it as prescribed. Typically once the body builds up a tolerance to the drug, higher doses and more frequent use occurs resulting in abuse and addiction.
OxyContin (Oxycodone) is an opioid that is available by prescription only and is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. OxyContin is a Schedule II and can be highly addictive. It is used to treat patients with cancer as well as with physical injuries. It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
Symptoms of OxyContin abuse vary depending on several factors including the individual, how much of it is taken and how often it is taken. These symptoms may include:
When OxyContin is abused both physical and psychological dependence can develop. When this occurs trying to quit taking the drug may result in several symptoms. These include: