OxyContin is a narcotic medication which is prescribed for pain management. It’s main ingredient is oxycodone, which actually works in a similar way to heroin, by interacting with the opiate receptors of the central nervous system. Read on for the uses of OxyContin.
Uses for OxyContin
OxyContin is the brand name for a pain reducer, being oxycodone. It is a timed release formula, and usually used to relieve pain from conditions such as cancer and arthritis as well as injuries. OxyContin contains anywhere from between 10 and 80 milligrams of oxycodone, and allows for upto 12 hours of relief from pain. This is what sets OxyContin apart – its long lasting formula, which is a boon for patients who typically require round the clock pain management.
There is a very high content of oxycodone in OxyContin and that is what makes it popular as a street drug. Individuals who abuse OxyContin do so by crushing the tablet and swallowing or snorting it. Or it is diluted in water and injected. The time release mechanism is thus destroyed and the individual experiences the full effects of the drug, very similar to the high received from heroin. It is important to note that OxyContin is not just addictive, but also lethal. Individuals who abuse the drug feel that they can tolerate more of it, but it can accelerate respiratory failure.
Side Effects of OxyContin
Like all drugs, there are risks that come with the abuse of OxyContin. Most of the side effects can be vexing but not outright dangerous. However, there are rarer side effects like seizures, abnormal heart rhythms and slowed breathing, and these can put an individual at risk for conditions such as brain damage and coma, and lead to death.
Listed here are some of the side effects of taking OxyContin:
- Chest tightness
- Rash and itches
- Irregular breathing
- Abnormal heart rate
- Difficulty in urination
An individual who has a long term history of abusing OxyContin shouldn’t stop taking it abruptly. It is advisable to speak to a medical professional who can help with tapering off the dosage. Because it is relatively easy to get addicted to OxyContin, it should always be taken only as prescribed by a doctor and never crushed, chewed, snorted or injected, as that can lead to an overdose.
Always remember that it is illegal to distribute OxyContin unless one is a medical doctor and properly able to prescribe it. On the flip side, it is also illegal to take the drug without a valid prescription.
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