Long term effects of oxycodone on the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)
The brain on oxycodone
Oxycodone has the ability to alter your perception and emotional response to pain. It binds to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system (CNS) and is very useful as pain management therapy.
But, what can long term use do? What adverse side effects can occur in the nervous system as a result of taking oxycodone? Check out the infographic above to get a better picture of the oxycodone long term effects on the brain. Then, we invite you to post your questions and comments in the section at the end of the page.
How does Oxy affect the brain and CNS?
Oxycodone affects the brain and nervous system by acting in the same way as other opioids. It binds to mu, kappa and delta receptors in the central nervous system, inhibits adenylyl-cyclase and hyperpolarisation of neurons, and decreases excitability. Here are some specific effects:
1. Neurological effects – Oxycodone changes the neurological structure of the brain and hijacks the reward center.
2. Brain changes – Bombarding the brain with pain-relieving and euphoria-inducing chemicals (neurotransmitters), the brain adjusts to the overwhelming stimulation by reducing the number of receptors or decreasing their sensitivity to dopamine.
3. Personality alterations – The longer you use a drug – the more it changes you. Obsessing over obtaining and using oxycodone, withdrawing from once pleasurable activities, turning introvert, etc. are some of the usual personality shifts seen in oxy addicts.
4. Psychological effects – Depending on genetic predisposition and pre-existing mental health disorders, the psychological effects from oxycodone can be less or more adverse. From mood swings, hallucinations, paranoia, to psychotic episodes; oxycodone can seriously damage your psyche.
5. Behavioral changes – Addiction changes people’s behaviors. When you are in the grips of oxycodone addiction, you may go doctor shopping, appear drowsy, or isolate yourself from your social interactions. Helping an oxycodone addiction may require inpatient or residential treatment, much time, and money.
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