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Rehab Help for Oxycontin Abuse

The most serious risk to using Oxycontin is respiratory depression. Oxycontin should never be used in conjunction with alcohol, antihistamines, barbiturates or benzodiazepines. Toxic overdose which could result in death can occur by breaking up the tablets, either by crushing, breaking up or chewing the tablets. This removes the time-release coating the the pills. Chronic use can easily result in abuse and addiction where higher doses are desired to achieve the initial effects.

Getting Addicted to OxyContin

Long-term use of OxyContin for legitimate pain control can lead to physical dependence according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The body develops a tolerance for the drug necessitating higher dosage for the same effect. Physical dependence is unavoidable when an individual is exposed to high doses for long periods of time. The body adapts and develops a tolerance.

The patient who becomes addicted to Oxycontin will have severe and uncontrollable cravings for another "rush" from the drug.

Among the withdrawal symptoms are muscle and bone pain, restlessness, insomnia, diarrhea, cold flashes with goose bumps, involuntary leg movements, depression, headaches, sweating, anxiety, and vomiting. Withdrawal symptoms begin within hours of the last dose and will peak within 48 hours before subsiding and lasting over a week or more. As you can well imagine due to the severe suffering of detox, users would rather go back to using than face the pain of withdrawal. Plus you have to take into account if the user does not remove themselves from their current environment which got them into the condition their in, then chances are, they're going to continue the dwindling spiral towards death.

A large dose can cause severe respiratory depression which can lead to death.

Abusing OxyContin

OxyContin abuse is gaining popularity across the nation attracting both legitimate and illegitmate users. When properly administered, OxyContin contains a time-release mechanism which spreads its effect over a 12-hour period. The time-release mechanism can be bypassed by crushing the tablets and either reducing tablets to a powder and snorting it like cocaine, or dissolving in water and injecting it like heroin. Users also chew whole tablets as well.

Oxycontin abuse is increasing for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is because the elevated opiate dosage makes it highly addictive. Unlike other drugs such as cocaine or heroin which are cut or laced with other substances, you know what you're getting with oxycontin. Since the drug is dispensed by a pharmacist, the dosage is dependable, which in turn delivers a dependable high, and finally, oxycontin is covered by most health insurance plans, so while under a doctor's care, the drug is
significantly cheaper than street drugs.

The DEA is very concerned about the widespread use of Oxycontin saying it's only a matter of time before every community in the country is confronted with the problem of oxycontin abuse.

Oxycontin effects are very similiar to those of a high grade heroin.

The problem with patients who have been prescribed Oxycontin is that they find the need to take more than what is prescribed to control their pain or to get high. OxyContin abuse is on the rise and has become the most abused drug in the US. According to the FDA, "Taking OxyContin daily can result in physical dependence, a condition in which the body shows signs of narcotic withdrawal if the OxyContin
is stopped suddenly."

Oxycontin overdose is serious and may require hospitalization. Due to respiratory depression, users may be temporarily hooked to a ventilator to help them breath until the drug wears off. Signs of Overdose may include slowed breathing (respiratory depression), seizures, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, cold and clammy skin, coma, confusion, reduced vision, vomiting, nausea, clouding of mental functions.

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What are possible Side Effects of using OxyContin? 
  • respiratory depression

  • apnea

  • respiratory arrest

  • circulatory depression

  • hypotension

  • shock

  • dose dependency

  • constipation

  • nausea

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • dry mouth

  • somnolence

  • itching

  • loss of energy and strength 


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