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18 Oxycodone Addiction Symptoms

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oxycodoneOxycodone (also sold as oxycontin, oxycocet, and several other names) is prescription drug used to relieve moderate to severe pain immediately in patients. It is also an opioid class narcotic drug that is highly addictive. It is often prescribed for dental pain when a tooth is removed, for post-operative pain, and for those involved in a recent physical trauma such as a car accident or motorcycle accident. If a patient is prescribed enough of this drug for pain, they can become accidentally addicted. This often happens when a patient is on oxycodone long enough that they develop a tolerance for the initial dosage so that it no longer helps with the pain. When this occurs, the patient may complain to their doctor who prescribes a stronger dosage. Also, oxycodone is often sold on the black market as a street drug, being one of the most commonly stolen drugs from pharmacies.

The oxycodone addiction signs and symptoms are very similar to what you will observe in those addicted to heroin because it is a closely related drug. Below, you will find 18 oxycodone addiction signs.

 

Behavioral oxycodone addiction signs include:

1. Obsessively thinking about taking the drug
2. Feeling phantom pain that isn’t really there as an excuse to take more
3. Going to different doctors to obtain more than one prescription without telling the other doctors
4. Being secretive about taking it – not telling family or friends
5. Keeping the drug hidden away from the other occupants of the house including roommates and family
6. Scattered thoughts and/or feeling restless
7. Impaired judgement such as deciding to drive while taking oxycodone, a known danger
8. Euphoric feelings
9. Sudden mood swings between highs and lows
10. Loss of appetite and/or losing the desire to eat healthy food

Physical oxycodone addiction signs include:

1. Sleepiness and yawning, sometimes to the point of nodding off
2. Constricted pupils or dilated pupils
3. Lightheaded or dizzy
4. Vomiting or nausea
5. Headaches
6. Lower than normal blood pressure
7. Dry mouth
8. Respiratory issues

Once addicted, oxycodone can be so difficult to get off of, it is best to check into a good rehab center for help in this process. Rehab centers have doctors and other medical staff available 24/7 that are able to monitor a patient and treat the oxycodone withdrawal symptoms as they occur. This will increase the success rate of getting off of this highly addictive drug.

The withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone include:

1. Unusual amount of sweating
2. Hot flashes and chills, sometimes alternating with both
3. Agitation and being cross with others
4. Depression
5. Restless with trouble sleeping
6. Upset stomach and vomiting
7. Suicidal thoughts in extreme cases

Opiate addiction is very common and oxycodone is one of the most common opiates that people get addicted to. Medline Plus reports that nine percent of all Americans will become addicted to opiates at one point in their life. If you feel that you or a loved one is addicted to oxycodone, it is important that you seek professional help. If you try to quit taking oxycodone once addicted without professional help, your chance of success is very low. Having supportive family and friends can increase your chances of success. However, it is best if they are not the primary caregivers during this process.

 

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