Signs & Symptoms
Oxycodone has desirable effects that many people enjoy; however, the happy calm doesn’t come without its costs. Prolonged use of the drug results in persisting constipation, which leads to other health issues. Difficulty breathing and sleep disruptions are also symptoms of the overuse of Oxycodone.
Possibly the most glaring sign of Oxycodone addiction is the longing to stop taking it but being unable to do so without adverse effects. This creates a pattern of drug seeking behaviors that may allow for destruction of relationships and/or the loss of a job. If you suspect an Oxycodone addiction, get help immediately.
When the brain suddenly isn’t receiving the chemicals it needs to function, the body rapidly and in vain, tries to figure out a way to compensate for the loss.
This sets off a series of alerts to the mind and body, demanding regulation. The mind receives these signals in the form of anxiety, irritation, and feelings of hopelessness. The body receives these signs in the form of pain in muscles and joints, cramping, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, and excessive sweating.
Withdrawals from Oxycodone can last up to a week, sometimes longer and should be done under medical supervision. Going cold turkey from opioid prescription medication is difficult, painful, and mentally stressful.
In pursuit of the euphoria that was achieved in the early stages of Oxycodone use, people using it recreationally are almost always in danger of overdosing. Instead of experiencing a happy serenity, a body struggling with overdose of Oxycodone goes into survival mode. High doses of Oxycodone can cause dangerously slow breathing and even respiratory failure or coma.
Difficulty breathing, bluish tint to lips or fingernails, dilated pupils, sweating, and loss of consciousness are all indications of a possible Oxycodone overdose. Also, be mindful of lethargy, seizures, cold skin, and overall non-responsiveness. If you’re unsure, use your best judgment and seek professional medical help from your emergency correspondence.