Oxycodone is an opioid with some synthetic properties that is used in the treatment of pain. As one of a group of drugs in the narcotic analgesic category, oxycodone is used to treat mild to severe pain, in the same way as morphine. Its use is highly regulated due to its addictive properties and should only be used under the direct attention of a doctor. Oxycodone is often sold under the brand name of OxyContinT.
The most common use of oxycodone is for treatment after surgery when the use of other drugs is ineffective. However, generally the drug is only given to those who also used it before surgery to control pain. Oxycodone provides relief almost 24 hours before needing another dose and therefore becomes a convenient option for patients who need pain relief. It is available as a prescription medication at a pharmacy and therefore can be taken at home for use in the treatment of pain.
Given how powerful the drug is, it is considered one of the best pain relievers in the market. Often, in the form of a pill, it can be mixed with other pain medications, such as acetaminophen or aspirin. Together, drugs do a very good job of relieving patients who experience pain.
Oxycodone side effects
However, oxycodone is not without problems. It has great potential for abuse because of its effectiveness but also because it can raise dopamine levels in the body, which is linked to pleasure. In this way, it’s like heroin. In fact, those who are addicted to heroin can turn to oxycodone and other alternative opiates when heroin is not available.
There are several ways in which this medication can be used in addition to its originally intended purpose. The tablet can be crushed to powder and then inhaled. It can be chewed and swallowed. It can also be crushed into powder, mixed with water and injected. This allows users to skip the mechanism that controls the release of the drug in the body over time providing a great shake. The use of the drug in any of these forms is illegal in many jurisdictions around the world.
Those who feel they may be addicted or dependent on the drug should consult their doctor as soon as possible. Oxycodone addiction can become a serious problem. Once the addiction feeds, it becomes more difficult to break up and addicts become more susceptible to overdose, which can lead to a number of health problems, including fatal cardiac arrest.