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Oxycontin Addiction

Oxycontin (Oxycodone) is a prescription painkiller manufactured by the Purdue Company that has been successful in treating patients with chronic pain. However,Oxycontin abuse and addiction hasincreased over time making the drug a culprit for destroying many lives. Oxycontin abuse can lead to a devastating addiction that can cause financial, emotional, physical turmoil and in some cases, death.

The mistaken belief that Oxycontin is safer because it is a prescribed medication is completely false.More likely, there is a situation where this drug is prescribed to an individual, a tolerance develops and addiction follows. Oxycontin is generally prescribed to people who have persistent/chronic pain and cancer patients.

Oxycontin differs from other painkillers as it has a time-release agent that disperses the drug in the body over a twelve-hour period. There are ways to bypass the time release of the pill - crushing or diluting in water are common methods.

Some symptoms of using the pill are euphoria, memory loss, constipation, dizziness, and anxiety. Physicians do not recommend sudden discontinuation of Oxycontindue to the fact that there can be severe withdrawal symptoms. When users suddenly stop usage of the drug and experience withdrawal, muscle pain/weakness and anxiety are associated. Withdrawal is often followed by a protracted phase of depression and insomnia that can last for months.

Because Oxycontin is a strong painkiller, the spiral of prescription drug addiction can be fast coming. If the person is taking the drug on a prescription basis and follows the doctor's direction, typically the dosage and frequency will decrease. By decreasing the dose, the probability of building a tolerance and becoming dependent or addicted is lessened. However, this is a rare means for individuals taking Oxycontin.

Knowing the signs of Oxycontin addiction is vital for prevention or discontinuing the use of Oxycontin. There are both behavioral and physical signs of Oxycontin addiction to identify in you or your loved one. Increasing dose beyond the prescribed amount is an obvious sign of abuse or addiction. Trying to achieve "high," or the euphoric state that large doses of Oxycontin causes, is also a potential addiction symptom. Taking the drug by any means other than prescribed is generally a sign of abuse. Mood and behavioral changes such as lethargy, lack of motivation and mood swings are common when the drug is abused.

Treatment for Oxycontin addiction is usually began at a drug detoxification center to rid the drug from the individual's system. Many treatment centers use a drug called Suboxone to help with this process. Suboxone is a brand name for an opioid receptor blocker called buprenorphine, which is also ingestible in tablet form used during the first few months of oxycodone abstinence. Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat opiate addiction. It is also used to treat moderate pain in individuals who have no opiate tolerance.

In the United States the DEA has Buprenorphine classified as a schedule III drug. This prohibits using or buying the drug without a legal prescription from a doctor. However, while uncommon, it is possible to overdose from Buprenorphine. Similar to other opiates, a large dose of Buprenorphine can depress and shut down the respiratory system, resulting in overdose and possible death. Overdose is very rare but can be perpetuated when Buprenorphine is mixed with other drugs such as Benzos or alcohol.

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