Oxycodone addiction and side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)
Oxycodone addiction potency
Oxycodone (dihydrohydroxycodeinone) is an opioid pain medication that can really be useful in treating moderate to severe pain in the short term. Long term use or abuse of oxycodone has an addiction potential similar to that of morphine, which is why it’s labeled as a Schedule II drug.
Explore our infographic for more on the consequences and side effects from oxycodone addiction. In the end, we invite you to join us for some Q&A and post your questions in the comments section.
Risks of oxycodone addiction
While relatively safe and very useful in the management of pain, using too much oxycodone can lead to addiction. The signs and symptoms of oxycodone addiction include:
- compulsive drug seeking behavior
- doctor shopping
- loss of interest in otherwise pleasurable activities
- lowered self esteem and self confidence
- obsession with using oxycodone despite adverse consequences
- turning introvert and socially isolated
- worsening of the emotional state
Oxycodone addiction can lead to many life-threatening conditions, such as:
- bloodborne diseases such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B and C
- death from oxycodone overdose
- multiple organ damage and failure
- respiratory depression
Side effects from oxycodone addiction and questions
Oxycodone’s addiction-forming potential is heightened when you use it in doses other than prescribed, take it more frequently than instructed by your doctor, or change the route of administration. Check out our infographic to learn more and feel free to share it.
In the end, if you or a loved one are abusing oxycodone or show signs of addiction, seek professional medical help. You can ask questions about all uncertainties you may have in the comments section at the end of the page. We’ll try to answer personally and promptly, and if we cannot help you directly, we’ll be more than happy to refer you to someone who can.