Oxycodone is one of the most popular and highly-addictive prescription opioid painkillers on the market. Unfortunately, accidental overdoses of oxycodone can be deadly.
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What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a prescription medication for around-the-clock treatment of severe pain. It belongs to a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics.
Oxycodone has been on the market since 1976. It is sold under the brand-name OxyContin® and in combination with other painkillers, such as acetaminophen (Oxycet, Percocet, Roxicet, Xartemis XR, and more); aspirin (Percodan); and ibuprofen.
What is the Problem?
Like all opiate painkillers, oxycodone is addictive. Anyone who takes oxyocodone continuously for more than a few days may experience tolerance, physical dependence, or cravings to use more oxycodone. This can lead to addiction, accidental overdoses, coma, or death.
Overdosing on oxycodone is more likely in the first 24 to 72 hours of treatment, when the dosage is increased, or when oxycodone is combined with alcohol and certain medications. Taking too much oxycodone slows down breathing and brain activity, which can result in a person falling asleep and dying because they stop breathing.
How Does Oxycodone Work?
Like morphine and other opiates, oxycodone does not cure pain — it works by producing feelings of well-being and pleasure, which causes a person’s tolerance for pain to increase. The problem is that the body eventually becomes physically dependent on oxycodone to function. A person who is dependent will suffer withdrawal if they stop oxycodone.
Symptoms of a Oxycodone Overdose
- Slow, shallow breathing or stopped breathing
- Smaller pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Decreased urge to breathe
Addiction to oxycodone occurs when a person is unable to stop using it without experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. They typically need help quitting oxycodone with an inpatient treatment program, therapy, and medications to lessen the severity of their withdrawal.
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