Oxycodone effects on the body after long term use (INFOGRAPHIC)
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:
- cough suppression
- pain relief
- papillary constriction
- respiratory depression
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
- phantom pain in arms and legs (when out of oxy)
- severe liver damage
- suicidal ideation
- withdrawal symptoms
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