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:

  • 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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