Opiate abuse and overdose rates have skyrocketed in the United States. The prevalence of diverted prescription opiates to illegal black markets has resulted in the United States consume more than 80% of the available Oxycodone worldwide. Oxycodone is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in America and among the most used pain killers. Additionally, many suffer from Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms when trying to get clean.
Also, Oxycodone is a powerful opiate which treats severe, traumatic and chronic pain. Unfortunately, its potency has led to a high level of abuse and addiction. This is why it is important to visit a drug addiction treatment center to overcome your addiction. Oxycodone is an ingredient in popular prescription medications like Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin.
In addition to its addictive qualities, painful Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can make it very difficult to stop using. Withdrawal symptoms are similar to other opiates like heroin and morphine, with Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms causing cramps, dehydration, depression, and pain.
What is Oxycodone?
To begin, Oxycodone was first developed in 1916 in Germany and derived from thebaine, which is the main ingredient extracted from Iranian poppy. Thebaine creates drugs like Oxycodone, morphine, and oxymorphone.
Additionally, Oxycodone releases excessive dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter linked to happiness, resulting in euphoric effects. Oxycodone is produced in a time released pill form, which is meant to last for 12 hours. Unfortunately, abusing or taking too much Oxycodone can create similar effects as other opiates like heroin and fentanyl.
Then, in order to increase euphoric effects, users may crush and inhale Oxycodone pills, which deactivates time release features. Taking too much Oxycodone can result in a fatal or non-fatal overdose caused by decreased respiratory functions.
For example, side effects of Oxycodone can include:
- Addiction and dependency
- Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms when you immediately stop using
- Liver damage
- Decreased pain tolerance
- Nausea, vomiting, and constipation
What Are Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms?
When you become physically dependent on Oxycodone, you can experience uncomfortable and burdensome Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms when you stop using. If you are experiencing these signs, we have an addiction recovery coaching program to help. Signs of oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Cramps, restless legs, and pain
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Insomnia and difficulty sleeping
- Muscle weakness
- Dehydration, vomiting, and nausea
Also, while rare, serious complications can occur when you withdrawal from Oxycodone. Because of symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, you can experience serious dehydration which requires medical assistance. Additionally, you may deal with severe mood swings, depression or anxiety. In some cases, Oxycodone withdrawal can cause life threatening seizures.
Inpatient treatment can greatly help you recover from an Oxycodone addiction. Inpatient treatment includes medically supervised detox, which can help decrease the severity of your withdrawal symptoms, making it more comfortable to complete detox. Treatment also increases your chances of achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety and recovery, providing you with resources and support that can help you navigate early recovery successfully.
Are You Struggling with Oxycodone Addiction?
If you or a loved one is struggling with an Oxycodone addiction, painful Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms can make recovery seem impossible. Pearl of the Sea Retreat, the best luxury residential treatment center Augustine FL offers, knows what it takes to overcome addiction. Call us today at 855.763.2545 to learn more about how our premier programs can help you or a loved one find recovery.