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Oxycodone effects on the body after long term use (INFOGRAPHIC)

Oxycodone effects on the body after long term use (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Oxycodone abuse and physical responses

Physical effects of oxycodone abuse vary among users based upon unique and individual genetic makeup, length of addiction, frequency of use, and amount used. Check out the infographic above to get a better idea of what oxycodone can do to different organs and organ systems in your body. Then, join us for some Q&A in the section at the end.

Physiological effects of oxycodone

Using oxycodone several times a day for a few weeks or more can lead to physical dependence and in some instances, addiction. The withdrawal symptoms of oxycodone are just the beginning of some of the long term effects of this strong opioid drug. In fact, physical dependence may be least of your worries. Why?

Simply put, exposing your body to a lot of oxycodone for a prolonged period of time will start to affect the health of your organs and their optimal way of functioning. Physiological effects of oxycodone include:

  • constipation
  • cough suppression
  • pain relief
  • papillary constriction
  • respiratory depression
  • sedation

Extended or chronic use of oxycodone containing acetaminophen may cause:

  • cardiac arrest
  • death from overdose
  • heart failure
  • impairment of mental and physical abilities
  • kidney failure
  • liver failure
  • low blood pressure
  • overdose
  • phantom pain in arms and legs (when out of oxy)
  • sedation
  • seizures
  • severe liver damage
  • suicidal ideation
  • withdrawal symptoms

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4 Responses to “Oxycodone effects on the body after long term use (INFOGRAPHIC)
Pain survivor
6:09 pm September 27th, 2016

I have been on oxycodone for years only had it increased a couple of times. Before the pain relief my life was at its end . I thank God for oxycodone and it’s help with chronic pain. When prescribed and taken responsibility it can be a life saver…..BTW no harmful side effects here!

John
5:53 pm November 4th, 2016

I have been talking oxycodone for 15 years do to a back injury. My Primary care physician started me on this medication. Started w/ 5/325 for a few years then 7.5/325 for a few years then 10/325 for a few years then he give me 15 mg. without Acetaminophen for a few years. Then when I needed to be increased again my primary care physician decided to send me to pain management. Had an MRI they determined I had degenerative disc in my lower back three of them. had a few procedures done to my back. Now I’m in more pain. That doctor tried several things to control my pain. So he gives me methadone 10mg 2x a day and 20mg oxycodone 4x a day. WOW! What a big difference with that regiment of medication I felt great I could do anything around the house and didn’t have to stop every couple of hours to rest my back I also sleep better and eat good. So we get a
new doctor actually a nurse practitioner she see me for three minutes and determined I’m taking to much pain medication. So she bumps my methadone to 4 10mg per day. Takes me off of the oxycodone. Her instructions for taking was three a day the first week two a day the second week one a day the third week and then a half of one till they were gone. Now I’m only getting the 4 methadone a day. Now I’m in more pain and the doctor don’t want to help manage my pain. So my question is should they have taken longer to wean me off of the oxycodone or just simply keep giving it to me or just lower my dosage a little. Any suggestions your answers would be very helpful. Thank you so much you have a great day I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

Catrina
2:03 am February 1st, 2017

I have been on various opiods (on and off) since 2005, after my hip replacement which was done wrong I later found out. Anyway, I just had a spinal fusion done and am presently taking 15 MG of straight oxycodone every 4 hours. I wake up early everyday (after going for 6 hours without a pill ) with restless leg and arm symptoms. Today I ran out of pills on the day of my appointment with my pain specialist and I was in full blown withdrawal by the time I got there. Everyone thought I had the flu…as soon as I filled my prescription (felt like hours) and took a pill all my symptoms stopped. No more runny nose and eyes or chills and body cramps and intense anxiety and restlessness. It scared me to death. I have 2 more months of pills before they start tapering me off. I know for a fact I can’t be tapered off, I’ll never be able to withstand the symptoms in between pills. Would a detox help? If so, do they give you meds to help with the withdrawal? What can I expect afterwards? Will I be completely over withdrawal or will I still experience some symptoms. I.can’t wait to.get off these pills! I hate the fact that I need them, and I hate the fact that I’m so.addicted. i.can’t function without them…

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:36 pm February 3rd, 2017

Hi Catrina. Don’t be scared. First, educate yourself about oxycodone withdrawal and its treatment. There are ways to manage it. Also, talk with your doctor to recommend some over-the-counter aid, home remedies and teas to ease withdrawal. Here’s all information you need to know: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/tag/oxycodone/

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