Oxycontin Abuse and Addiction

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.

What is OxyContin?

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

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:

  • Constricted Pupils
  • Dry Mouth
  • Headaches
  • Infections
  • Irresponsibility
  • Itching
  • Mood Swings
  • Muscle Rigidity
  • Slowed Breathing
  • Slowed Heart Rate
  • Sweating

Symptoms of OxyContin Withdrawal

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:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Agitation
  • Body Aches
  • Coughing
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Goosebumps
  • Heaving Sweating
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hot and Cold Flashes
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Runny Nose
  • Sleeplessness
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Vomiting

Getting Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to OxyContin we are here to help.