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Oxycontin Withdrawal

OxyContin Withdrawal is one of the many consequences of addiction to this drug. Withdrawal symptoms are experienced when the drug is discontinued by the user. Over the last few years the powerful prescription pain reliever, OxyContin has become a hot street drug that has resulted in more than 120 deaths nationwide. It gives the user a "high" or "rush" similar to high grade heroin.

OxyContin is designed to be swallowed and has a protective coating to ensure the medication is released slowly overtime instead of all at once. However, many addicts will chew, snort or inject the drug to get around OxyContin's time-release mechanism. For example, an addict who chews/snorts/injects a 40mg tablet of OxyContin is taking the equivalent of 8 Percocets at once. Someone who chews/snorts/injects an 80mg OxyContin is taking the same amount of medicine as 16 Percocets!

OxyContin was approved by the FDA in 1995. It is an opium derivative and has the same active ingredients found in Percodan and Percocet. This drug is intended for use by terminal cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers. OxyContin addiction is a physical dependence that is unavoidable when an individual is exposed to high doses of the drug for an extended period of time. The body then adapts and develops a tolerance for the drug.

How Addiction Develops

An addiction to OxyContin is so powerful that it produces strong drug cravings. These cravings for OxyContin are the result of its impact on the individual's memory with feelings of pleasantness and euphoria. The addict begins to associate these pleasurable feelings with taking this drug. The subconscious memory then motivates the individual to seek out OxyContin because of the pleasurable imprint it has left on the user.

Oxycontin Withdrawal Symptoms

OxyContin Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • excessive yawning
  • heart palpitations
  • hot/cold sweats
  • insomnia
  • joints and muscles in constant pain
  • nausea
  • perpetually being tired
  • uncontrollable coughing
  • vomiting
  • watery eyes

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