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Oxycodone Addiction Symptoms

Oxycodone Addiction Symptoms

The varied oxycodone addiction symptoms are very important to understand because an addiction of this can be a very dangerous thing and can put one's life at risk. In the following article, we will be tackling this issue and providing you with certain treatment forms for the same.
Rujuta Borkar
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Oxycodone is a prescription painkiller and is found in several pain medication forms. Oxycodone is prescribed for varying degrees of pain and it works in the same way as certain other narcotics like morphine, heroin, and other opiates do. When this drug is ingested in the body, it activates certain areas in the brain that are responsible for sending the signals of pain. These signals are desensitized and dopamine is released in the brain, therefore, the sensations of pain are arrested and relief found.
It is due to this characteristic quality that an oxycodone addiction can be easily developed in a person. Once the addiction is in place, it can manifest into several symptoms. These symptoms can lead to very harmful effects on an addict's health and that is why it becomes important to study these so that they can be recognized at the earliest and the treatment for the same worked out.
Signs and Symptoms
The oxycodone drug is one of the most common narcotic pain killers and is known by several other brand names as well. One of the most famous of which is oxycotin. A person will experience these addiction symptoms when a person decreases or lowers the dosage of the drug. This will bring about certain oxycodone withdrawal symptoms as follows:
  • Varying degrees of pain
  • Feelings of panic will begin to make way because the familiar feelings of pleasure sans pain will not be at play
  • Restlessness will follow and the patient will want to start the treatment all over again
  • There will be a disturbance in sleep patterns
  • Some people might even experience insomnia
  • There will be instances of muscle, as well as joint pain all over the body
  • Nausea and vomiting are other common symptoms that usually make way as well
  • There will be general feelings of irritability, nervousness, mood swings, anxiety, and restlessness
  • Abdominal pain and cramps will be experienced as well
  • Symptoms that resemble the common cold and flu symptoms will make way (fever, goose bumps, headaches, runny nose, sneezing, excessive sweating)
  • Hallucinations can come about
  • Rapid heartbeats, increase in blood pressure and respiratory rate are some of the other oxycodone side effects
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Loss of concentration.
  • Memory loss and general confusion
  • Feeling sedated and groggy at all times

These symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people might have very intense symptoms while in others they may be mild. But all in all, these are the recognized symptoms that come about.
Treatment
It becomes important to treat this addiction early so that it does not lead to more severe health effects that can prove to be very detrimental to a person's physical and mental status. Here are some of the treatment forms that a person can adopt.
Detoxification
Checking into a treatment program that focuses on detoxifying the body of the remnants of the oxycodone drug is the first step that needs to be taken. These programs will help cleanse the system of the drug. There are specialized clinics that offer these programs. This treatment may then be followed by certain counseling sessions to help avoid a relapse.
Counseling and Self Help
After the body has been freed of the drug, it has to be seen that there is no relapse into the habit. For this, it becomes important to take up counseling sessions or join self help groups so that there can be some help in this manner.
Oxycodone addiction can be very detrimental to a person's physical and mental health as we have seen. That is why monitoring the oxycodone dosage is very, very important. Other than that, recognizing the addiction symptoms and undergoing the correct form of treatment becomes prime if ever there is an addiction.
Disclaimer - This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.