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Oxycontin Addiction and side effects
Oxycontin (Oxycodone) is a full semi-synthetic opiate agonist. It was synthesized in 1916 in Germany. It is an extremely powerful man made pain reliever. Even nowadays Oxycontin is one of the most powerful and effective pain killers available. Oxycontin is an opiate narcotic, belongs to the same class of medication as Morphine. Oxycontin is medically prescribed for moderate to severe chronic pain, mostly for cancer patients and other chronic pain suffers. Oxycontin is available in form of coated time-release tablets. For medical purpose Oxycontin must be taken only orally without crushing the pill. Crushed, dissolved or intravenously injected Oxycontin creates an immediate strong feeling of euphoria with the high risk of life threatening side effects.
Oxycontin is a highly addictive opioid. Oxycontin addiction is a serious medical and social problem, similar to that of Heroin or Morphine. Abuse of Oxycontin quickly creates psychological and physical dependence on it. Pleasurable effects of Oxycontin are the same of any other strong opioid: quick rush, euphoria, inner comfort, feeling of well-being.
Oxycontin side effects
A serious short term effect of Oxycontin is respiratory depression. When the dose of Oxycontin is too high the breathing becomes dangerously slow and shallow. OxyContin should not be combined with other medications which suppress respiratory functions such as alcohol, barbiturates or benzodiazepines. Respiratory failure is a serious risk for people who abuse Oxycontin. The other Oxycontin side effects include: confusion, dizziness, headache, itching, nausea, loss of appetite, constipation. Growing doses of Oxycontin in case of a long term use is a sign of drug tolerance, meaning that larger and larger doses of Oxycontin must be taken to receive the initial effect.
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