Oxycodone is a prescription medication from a doctor that is used to treat medical conditions such as moderate to severe pain. The medicine can come in tablets that are all different shapes, sizes and colors, depending on the brand and dose. Oxycodone can also be prescribed in a liquid form, but that is not as common. It is typically prescribed in combination with other medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. There are generic forms of Oxycodone tablets that are available and that may be more likely for your insurance company to cover.
If you are struggling with Oxycodone abuse or addiction, please reach out to AToN Center for help. We are happy to give you more information on our treatment programs.
What is Oxycontin?
Oxycontin are strong drugs, prescribed by a doctor that contains an opioid that is used to treat medical conditions such as pain in patients, typically for instances of certain cancers or when other non-opioid medications are not working.
A prolonged use of long-acting opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin, can potentially be dangerous or life-threatening and can lead to overdose. If it is not used properly, you are at risk for abuse, addiction and misuse that can lead to death.
Oxycodone Versus Oxycontin
Oxycodone and Oxycontin are different versions of the same drug but both belong to the drug class of opioids. Oxycodone and Oxycontin medications both bind to receptors in the spinal cord and your brain. This results in the pain signals in your body to be blocked, which results in less pain. There are generic versions of Oxycodone that may be given to you by your doctor. Your insurance plan may cover a certain version of Oxycodone rather than Oxycontin medications.
Oxycodone Hydrochloride Types and Dose
The usual dose for extended-release Oxycodone tablets are:
Extended-release (ER) Oxycodone:
Initial dose for OPIOID-NAIVE and OPIOID NON-TOLERANT patients:
- Oxycodone hydrochloride ER tablets: 10 mg orally every 12 hours
- Oxycodone (base) ER capsule: 9 mg orally every 12 hours with food
Types of Oxycodone
Most common forms of Oxycodone medicine include:
Oxycodone Immediate Release Tablet
- Generic Immediate: 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg
- Roxicodone (brand) Immediate: 5 mg, 15 mg, 30 mg
- Oxaydo (brand) Immediate: 5 mg, 7.5 mg
- Immediate-release oral capsule: 5 mg
- Immediate-release oral solution: 5 mg/5 mL, 100 mg/5 mL
- Extended-release tablet: 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, 80 mg
Common Conditions for Taking Oxycodone Hydrochloride
So, what reasons do you need to take Oxycodone medicine? People take Oxycodone medicine because it is used to treat medical health conditions such as moderate to severe pain. Certain medical pain conditions that a doctor prescribes Oxycodone Hydrochloride tablets for are:
- Pain from surgery
- Chronic back pain
- Pain from injury
Oxycodone Risks and Precautions:
There are some situations where it is not appropriate to use Oxycodone. Most brands of Oxycodone are not approved for people under the age of 18.
Speak with your doctor if you exhibit any of the following health concerns:
- Breathing problems, sleep apnea
- Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid
- Drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- Kidney or liver disease
- Head injury, or seizures
- Problems with urination
Oxycodone Hydrochloride Health Side Effects
The health side effects and symptoms of Oxycodone and Oxycontin supplements are very similar because they contain the same ingredients.
Like any supplements or drugs, there are likely to be some health side effects that can occur. It is more common for the tablets to cause health side effects during the first immediate use or with a change in dose. There can be both mental and physical side effects that occur. With Oxycodone medicine, the following are common health side effects that can be present.
The health side effects that can occur when you take Oxycodone medicine include:
- Reduced anxiety
Severe health side effects of these drug supplements are less common. They include:
- Allergic reactions, such as rash, itching, hives, and swelling of your face, lips, or tongue
- Breathing problems
- Feeling faint or lightheaded, which may cause falling
- Unusual weakness or tiredness
- Trouble urinating or changes in the amount you urinate
Oxycodone Drug Abuse and Addiction
When Oxycodone is taken regularly, your body begins to develop a mental dependence or tolerance to the drug, making it so you need it to function properly. When your body does not get the medicine, it starts to feel withdrawals and they can make you feel quite uncomfortable.
When you take a medicine appropriately, it is not likely to cause a mental dependence. It’s often abused when you take it more often than directed, you take it during occasions where it is not necessary, or you take more than what was prescribed.
Symptoms of Oxycodone Hydrochloride Addiction
There are certain circumstances that may indicate that you have a problem with using Oxycodone medicine. Some typical signs of addiction and abuse to these drugs include:
- Need to take more and more Oxycodone to get the same effect
- Keep using Oxycodone despite the problems it causes in your life. If these things happen, you will probably need help getting off oxycodone.
- Spend so much time and money getting Oxycodone that you don’t take care of important things in your life
- Have withdrawal symptoms—such as shakes, cramps, vomiting, muscle pain, trouble sleeping and agitation—if you stop taking oxycodone all at once
Discontinuing Oxycodone Hydrochloride Use
When you stop using any drug, especially “cold-turkey” it can cause uncomfortable symptoms to occur. Your body has built a dependence and may require medical supervision to ensure the safest and most comfortable detox from the drug.
It’s important to get help from a medical professional at AToN Center before you stop using Oxycodone after you have been taking it for a period of time. They can give you valuable information on the right methods to stop using this drug.
Substance Abuse Treatment for Oxycodone Hydrochloride
There are many types of treatment methods that can be used to treat Oxycodone addiction and abuse. The most common forms of treatment and care for Oxycodone addiction include behavioral health therapies from a mental health professional. A mental health professional at AToN Center can treat with counseling, support groups and other behavioral health strategies to address your addiction. Often, there are co-occurring mental health disorders that need to be treated together.
Oxycodone Addiction Treatment Care at AToN Center
AToN Center is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in California that treats multiple addictions including drugs and alcohol. We are a licensed, certified, and accredited residential treatment facility providing residential and detox services.
We are not like other treatment centers around the country, we pride ourselves on providing first class services to our clients and their families, ensuring they are comfortable throughout their treatment with us. We have renowned five-star chefs that provide healthy meals and we offer holistic services such as massage, acupuncture and yoga. No matter what type of treatment you are looking for, we can cater your program to meet your needs.
If you or a loved one are suffering from any addiction, please contact our caring staff members for more information on our programs and addiction services.
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