Oxycodone addiction and side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)

Using too much oxycodone, taking it too frequently or for a longer period of time than prescribed leads to addiction. What are the adverse effects that follow oxycodone addiction and dependence? Learn, here.

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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.

Oxycodone addiction and side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)

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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:

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  • 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
  • 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.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. This is my very first blog ever. Being with the Federal Government I felt to ashamed to let anybody know what I was going through. I’m 43 and started my career at 18 in the military. Got out when I was 24 then started my DOJ career. The military left me with two screwed knees and a messed up back and I have been on SWAT for 18 years. Well up until about 2007 I had never turned to meds for my chronic pain. Once introduced to opiates I thought where in the hell have u been all my life. I spent a good 5 years steadily on pills. Well during my clouded pill days I broke my back and was then introduced to OC’S worst mistake ever. They took over my life quick fast and in a hurry. After putting up with that evil crap for all those years I turned to a fellow LEO who had been through the same thing. I went from about 5 80mg OC and about 6 10mg percs a day and jumped cold turkey. I had no clue what was a head of me. Let’s just say I lasted 36 hrs before I had to be rushed to the ER. Wow!!!! That was a eye opener. Well 2012 comes around it’s knee surgery time. I was scared to death to touch any pill. To my surprise I took a few and when they was gone that was it. I had only been clean from the ER for about a year. 2014 comes and major back surgery and u all can guess what happened then. I have more titanium rods and screws in my body than a work shop. With that comes all the pain and nerve damage u can ask for. This is now Dec. 2017 and I am on day 8 of my cold turkey again off of about 240mg of percs a day. For some reason the withdrawal this time is lasting alot longer. If anybody can help me out on this and y it is hanging on for so long I wld really appreciate it. My success is do to my beautiful wife of going on 25 years. I think every Dr. That puts people on this evil crap should go through the same thing as everyone of us that was clueless until it was to late. Sorry for it being so long I just had about 10 years of built up pill use to get out of me. Thank you to all who has read my story and has gone through the same thing. Pills r pure evil and I guarantee one thing. I will never take another. They got me once shame on them, got me twice shame on me, there won’t be a third. God bless all of you and stay strong. There is life after pills.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. 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.

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