Oxycodone is a narcotic pain killer commonly prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It is extremely habit forming, meaning it can rapidly lead to physical dependence or an outright oxycodone addiction.
Millions of oxycodone pills are prescribed every year, but oxycodone is also the main active ingredient in a number of combination-drug prescription pain relievers, such as:
•OxyContin, Roxicodone and OxyIR—oxycodone combined with an inert binder
•Percocet, Endocet, Tylox and Roxicet—oxycodone combined with acetaminophen (sometimes called paracetamol)
•Percodan, Endodan and Roxiprin—oxycodone combined with aspirin
•Combunox—oxycodone combined with ibuprofen.
Because all these drugs contain oxycodone, they can be dangerously addictive. Many people seeking oxycodone detox became physically dependent or addicted to oxycodone while taking one or more of the combination prescription drugs listed above.
When taken for pain, oxycodone actually increases the pain in many people. This is a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia.
And the dozens of oxycodone-related crimes, illnesses and sudden deaths in the news any day of the week quickly reveal the sad and shocking number of Americans who are trapped by oxycodone addiction.
Oxycodone detox can be difficult because the drug falls into the opiate category, causing both long term mental and physical addiction. Oxycodone products are in Schedule II of the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Oxycodone is synthesized from thebaine, a constituent of the poppy plant. Oxycodone is used as a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic and historically has been a popular drug of abuse among the narcotic abusing population. Oxycodone is abused orally or intravenously; the tablets are crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected.
Effect of Taking Oxycodone
Euphoria and feelings of relaxation are the most common effects of oxycodone on the brain, which explains its high potential for abuse. In recent years, concern has grown among federal, state, and local officials about the dramatic increase in the illicit availability and use of OxyContin products. The criminal activity associated with illicitly obtaining and distributing this drug, as well as serious consequences of illicit use, including addiction and fatal overdose deaths, are of epidemic proportion in some areas of the United States.
Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
Physiological effects of oxycodone include pain relief, sedation, respiratory depression, constipation, papillary constriction, and cough suppression.