Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Facts: Oxycontin

OxyContin, also known as Oxycodone, is a commonly prescribed depressant that affects the body’s central nervous system. People who take this substance recreationally will often experience a sense of intense euphoria and relaxation. Those who indulge in repeated use of the drug may ultimately develop a tolerance to it’s effects, alongside a heightened risk of addiction.


OxyContin is typically prescribed for individuals in an effort to combat moderate to intense  pain caused by a medical condition, such as childbirth, cancer, fractures, dislocation, back pain, neualgia, arthritis and other severe injuries.

Side Effects

Some of the more common side effects associated with OxyContin use include confusion, nausea, drowsiness, vomiting, sedation, headaches, inhibited respiratory system, dizziness, dry mouth, constipation and sweating. These effects will often begin to subside following continued and persistent use.


OxyContin is classified as part of the opiate family, and as such, can be highly addictive. If an individual suffers an overdose, immediate medical attention must be obtained to avoid more serious consequences. Symptoms of an OxyContin overdose include seizures, slowed breathing, disorientation, small pupils, and clammy skin.


OxyContin pills shold never be crushed, chewed or broken. This can result in an array of issues, including death, due to the rapid release of the drug’s main active ingredient. If an individual must use OxyContin to counter severe pain or discomfort, the tablets should be ingested whole alongside a cup of water. In this way, the drug’s active ingredients can be absorbed into the body over time.


Women who choose to use OxyContin during pregnancy place their babies at risk for severe withdrawal following birth. Women who continue using while breast feeding will ultimately pass the drug to their child, resulting in addiction.

Need Help?

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