What is Oxycodone Addiction?
Oxycodone is a powerful opioid used primarily as a painkiller for patients in constant, severe pain. Oxycodone is prescribed to millions of patients every year. But oxycodone is also used in a number of “combination-drug” prescription medicines, such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Roxiprin. This greatly increases the risk of addiction.
Oxycodone addiction usually happens when people take more than their prescription demands. Too much of the drug can lead to dependence and even psychological addiction. They start craving the drug and all of their thoughts begin to revolve around getting more.
One of the biggest contributors to Oxycodone addiction is neglect. Sometimes doctors will renew a prescription without checking the patient’s true condition, or not looking for or recognizing the signs of addiction in their patients. This leads unwitting people to become Oxycodone-dependent without even realizing it.
Over time, oxycodone addicts will begin to show the following symptoms:
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory problems
- Dry mouth
One can actually die from the respiratory problems caused by oxycodone. There’s also a serious risk of overdose, especially in users who combine oxycodone with other substances, like alcohol. Users also suffer from harmful withdrawal symptoms if they don’t get their regular dose of the drug.