The Dangers of OxyContin
- Author Daniel Jones
- Published March 16, 2012
- Word count 395
OxyContin ("Oxy" or "OC" on the street) is a time-released pain medication. It was developed in 1995 for people needing around-the-clock pain relief, so they do not have to take pills as often. OxyContin contains oxycodone, which is an opioid drug, like morphine, codeine, heroin and methadone. Opioids are a family of drugs that have morphine-like effects. Their primary medical use is to relieve pain. Other medical uses include control of coughs and diarrhea, and the treatment of addiction to other opioids. Opioids can also produce euphoria, making them prone to abuse.
Oxycodone or OxyContin overdose occurs when someone intentionally or accidentally take too much medicine containing these ingredients. A person may accidentally take too much of the medicine because they are not getting pain relief from their normal doses. There are several reasons why a person may intentionally take too much of this medication. It may be done to try to hurt oneself or to "get high" or intoxicated.
Symptoms: When you take too much of these medications, symptoms are very serious. Symptoms include:
Small pupils -- the black circle in the colored part of your eye
The first thing that will likely occur is that you will become extremely sleepy. Depending on how much you take, this can range from struggling to stay awake to being completely unconscious -- family members may shake you very hard without waking you up.
The most dangerous complication of OxyContin overdose is the effect on your breathing. A hydrocodone/oxycodone overdose can cause your breathing to slow down, become more shallow, and possibly stop, depending on how much medication you have taken.
When you take the correct or prescribed dose of these medicines, side effects may occur. In addition to relieving pain, you may feel drowsy, confused and dazed, nauseated and constipated as well. The higher strengths of this drug (more than 40 milligrams per tablet) should be used only if you have been regularly taking moderate to large amounts of narcotic pain medication. This medication should be used only for ongoing pain that requires strong narcotic pain medication at all times for an extended period.
There is a lot more information and OxyContin news on the internet. Raising awareness on the dangers of this drug is extremely important as it is now one of the most dangerous drugs, at par with cocaine, heroin, etc.
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