Dangerous Side Effects of Oxycontin. When taking prescription medications side effects can occur even when just taking them as prescribed. Developing an addiction to your prescription medication can happen when your body becomes used to the feeling it is getting from the drugs. Eventually, it can require more of the drug to have the effect that is needed. When taking the medications more often and longer than prescribed is when the dangerous side effects can occur. Side effects that can change a person’s actions, thinking and can always leave permanent side effects that a person must deal with for the rest of their life!
Oxycontin is one of many dangerous drugs to become addicted to and addiction with oxycontin can begin very fast before it is even realized. It is a pain medication that is meant to work around the clock. It’s taken in pill form and, is to be used for around the clock pain management, not on an as-needed basis. When used properly it can give pain relief up to 12 hours. When a person begins to abuse the medicine, they crush the tablet and swallow or snort it, or they dilute it in water and inject it. This destroys the time-release mechanism so that the user gets the full effects of the narcotic. It is the high potency of oxycodone that makes Oxycontin popular on the streets. Users compare the high to the euphoria of heroin.
Short-term side effects that can begin as soon as even taking one pill too many from aside of what is prescribed to a person are:
- Drowsiness and possible intermittent dozing off.
- Delayed reactions, making it dangerous to operate machinery or drive while under the influence of the medication.
- Pinpoint (constricted) pupils.
- Constipation (a telltale sign of opiate abuse).
Even after abusing oxycontin only one time, withdrawal symptoms can occur. The body easily become very dependent on the drug and when it no longer has it. It can begin to withdrawal and crave the drug. A person who has only for a short time abused oxycontin can begin developing side effects and withdrawal symptoms they may not even notice or understand that that is what is happening. They can become very moody, latching out with anger towards other people for no reason, and just want to sleep as much as possible and ignore the feeling that they are not receiving that they receive from the drug.
When taking oxycontin outside of what was instructed by the prescription is when the side effects become more dangerous and can last longer. That is also when there becomes a change for an overdose and death. OxyContin abuse often leads to OxyContin dependence. This means that you feel the drug is required to function in your daily life, and you use at the expense of other priorities or activities you enjoy. Once you’ve become dependent on Oxycontin, you may miss work, fall behind on bills, and experience conflict in relationships because more of your resources and attention are consumed by attempts to obtain and use the substance.
Long term effects that can be caused by oxycontin include but are NOT limited to the following:
- Opiates may have severe effects on the brain and body, and OxyContin is no exception. Long-term effects include severe constipation and persistent vomiting caused by its direct action on the gastrointestinal tract as well as certain brain centers.
- It can also cause muscle spasms, reduced reaction to stimuli, and a phenomenon called myoclonus, which entails jerky motor movements.
- The respiratory system is at risk. OxyContin down-modifies cardiac and respiratory rate—potentially dangerously slowing the heart and the lungs enough to limit oxygen delivery to the brain and other vital organ systems.
- If OxyContin has been injected, the risk of severe heart and lung problems rise dramatically, as septic contaminants and/or solidified pieces of the crushed medication can travel through the bloodstream causing blockage, infection, and widespread inflammation.
- Injection sites can result in the appearance of track marks, which is where the skin has been punctured along with the vein. These have a good chance of becoming inflamed or infected, increasing the risk of septicemia.
When abusing drugs, people don’t focus on the side effects or the consequences that may be faced when the effect they get from the drug is no longer there! It isn’t until sometimes when it is least expected that a person learns of the dangerous side effects caused by the abuse of a drug. If you or a loved one is experiencing the effects of drug abuse it is not too late to get help. Do not be afraid to get help before the effects can do permanent damage on you or your loved one’s life. Call today and let someone help you and save your life!