Basic Facts About Oxycodone
Oxycodone is the only active ingredient in medications that include OxyContin, Endocodone, Percolone and Dazidox. It is also used in combination with aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen in medications such as Percodan, Endocet, Percodan and Combunox. These medications have verified usefulness in certain medical settings as treatments for either short-term or long-term symptoms of serious pain. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
All opioid substances, in addition to their painkilling effects, alter the chemical balance in the brain’s pleasure center and trigger intense euphoria. Along with another opiate drug called hydrocodone, oxycodone is one of most abused prescription medications in the U.S. Some abusers consume oxycodone-containing tablets in whole form, while others crush them (an action that makes them available for rapid and dangerous introduction into the body through nasal inhalation or injection).
As with so many other drugs of abuse, one of the primary dangers of oxycodone abuse is the onset of long-term changes in brain function that cause the brain to rely on the substance’s presence for its daily operation. This reliance, known as opioid dependence, is not the same thing as opioid addiction. In fact, even prescription opioid users who strictly follow their doctors’ dosing instructions can develop opioid dependence.
However, compared to properly monitored prescription users, physically dependent opioid abusers have a much greater chance of developing addiction, with symptoms such as strong opioid cravings, uncontrolled opioid-seeking behavior, a need for continued intake in order to avoid opioid withdrawal, and continued drug use even when that use interferes with the ability to lead a functional life. Speak Confidentially with a Journey Advisor at 844-878-1979.
The American Psychiatric Association officially views both prescription opioid abuse and prescription painkiller addiction as forms of opioid use disorder.