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Signs of OxyContin Addiction

Signs of OxyContin Addiction

When OxyContin (the brand name for sustained-release oxycodone) is used as directed by a licensed physician, it is both safe and effective at managing moderate to severe pain. It should only be used under a physician’s close supervision, however, as it has significant habit-forming potential. If you suspect a loved one of abusing OxyContin, there are some signs you can look for that may confirm your suspicions.

One of the main oxycodone abuse symptoms is physical dependency. When someone becomes physically addicted to oxycodone medication and other opiates like heroin or morphine, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they do not have the drug. For OxyContin oxycodone, these symptoms include nausea, vomiting, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, sweating, depression, tiredness and heart palpitations among others. Oxycodone withdrawal can be severe.

Besides the physical withdrawal symptoms, look out for a compulsive need to obtain more of the drug even when pain has been successfully managed. The euphoric high produced by oxycodone OxyContin causes intense cravings in an addict. These cravings can become so intense that the addict will go to extreme lengths to obtain more oxycodone even to the point of severe consequences.

An obvious sign of OxyContin addition is using the drug in other than pill form. OxyContin abusers often crush the pills to get rid of the time-release properties and get the oxycodone effects immediately. They will then dissolve the powder in water, snort it, inject it intravenously or ingest the powder as is. If you find evidence that a loved one is taking OxyContin in other than pill form, that’s a good sign that your loved one has an OxyContin addiction.

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