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Oxycodone addiction and side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)

Oxycodone addiction and side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)

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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:

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  • bloodborne diseases such as HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis B and C
  • coma
  • 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.

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4 Responses to “Oxycodone addiction and side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)
Paula
1:52 am January 18th, 2017

I’ve had both knees replaced and have been on oxygen for almost 4 months now. I’m still in pain from the surgery.i don’t want to get depended on them.But im still in pain.last surgery was Dec.14 2016. I tack 1 every4 hours. Am I at risk of getting addicted?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:25 pm March 8th, 2017

Hi Paula. If you use medications only as prescribed by a doctor, there is a risk to build a tolerance to that medication and become physically dependent. Please be careful.

Al
9:36 pm April 7th, 2017

Is withdrawl possible while taking percocet or weaning down. This horrible feeling is lasting for weeks. Ive taken 10-325 percocet for years. Im I stuck in withdrawl. I have no energy,
Severe fatique. Would Suboxene help.
Al

1:33 pm April 19th, 2017

Hi Al. Yes, if you’ve been taking Percocet for years any reduction in dosage or complete discontinuation will result in withdrawal symptoms…fatigue being just one of many possible ones.
Please read our article dedicated to helping Percocet withdrawal to learn what you can expect and how you can manage symptoms better.

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