Advanced Spine discusses suboxone treatments and oxycodone.
Among those who abuse opioids, oxycodone is a popular choice. Prescribed for the management of moderate to severe pain, oxycodone can be beneficial to those who are in need of pain relief. For those who abuse the drug, however, it can have some serious side effects.
What is Oxycodone?
Known by the brand names of OxyContin, Oxecta and Roxicodone, oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is similar to codeine, morphine and hydrocodone. While it does not eliminate the sensation of pain, it does decrease discomfort by increasing the user’s tolerance to pain. Oxycodone also acts as a cough suppressant and causes depression of respiration.
What are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?
Approved by the FDA in 1876, oxycodone has several known side effects. These include:
- Dry Mouth
Oxycodone can also cause abnormal heartbeats and even heart attack. Since it can depress breathing, it is not advised for the elderly, patients with serious lung disease or other debilitated patients. Oxycodone can also impair thinking and physical abilities. Therefore, it should not be taken when driving or operating machinery.
Is Oxycodone Addicting?
Oxycodone is habit forming, though mental and physical dependence is not likely when using it for short-term pain relief. Those who take the medicine for a long period of time or at higher dosages than prescribed, however, may experience symptoms of withdrawal when they stop taking the medication. Suboxone treatment can help to alleviate these symptoms, thereby helping those who have become addicted to oxycodone or other opioids. To learn more about suboxone treatment, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today!