Want to break free of Oxycodone addiction?
Oxycodone is a type of opioid pain medication that mimics drugs, such as heroin and morphine. Oxycodone is a controlled substance that is effective at relieving pain, but highly addictive. In fact, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) states that approximately 50 percent of all individuals who take Oxycodone for a consecutive period of three months will still be taking it five years later.
For individuals trying to free themselves from the grip of this medication, this is quite a grim outlook. However, you don’t have to be a statistic.
Pay Attention to the Warnings
For certain individuals, Oxycodone can have some serious side effects —not including its highly addictive nature. In some cases, these side effects can be life-threatening.
- If you have problems with breathing, such as severe asthma, avoid taking Oxycodone. This opioid drug works like heroin; it not only helps with pain, but it also inhibits breathing and can make breathing problems worse.
- Don’t take it if you have issues with your stomach or intestines. Pain medications are known for causing constipation, which means you may have to take additional medication and change your diet completely in order to have healthy and normal bowel movements. Severe constipation is toxic to your body and can cause other health problems.
- Do not use if you if you are allergic to any other narcotics or to the drug itself. Many other drugs, like morphine, Vicodin, hydrocodone, Lortab and Percocet contain the same type of ingredients. If used, you may have an allergic reaction to Oxycodone.
- Don’t use if you already have a high tolerance to any other narcotics. You may already be addicted to opioids, in which case, starting down the path of taking Oxycodone will not turn out well.
- Don’t take if you are pregnant. If used during pregnancy, your baby could become opioid dependent, resulting in severe and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptom once the baby is born. Your baby may also need medical treatment for weeks after birth to help with Oxycodone addiction.Side note: If you are currently pregnant and already addicted to Oxycodone or other opioids / opiates, call Gracious Care Recovery Solutions now. We have a special program for pregnant moms called the Labor of Love Foundation, where you will be medically detoxed and placed on a path of recovery in our addiction recovery program. You’ll also receive prenatal care and receive all the help and support you will need to become the best mom you can possibly be.
Tell your doctor if you have any type of lung disease, history of brain tumors, seizures or head injury. Discuss any urinary issues, kidney or liver disease, adrenal glance disorder or problems with your thyroid, pancreas or gallbladder. This information will help him understand whether it is medically safe to prescribe you narcotics like Oxycodone for pain caused by illness, injury or surgery.
If you accidentally, or intentionally, take too much Oxycodone, you can suffer from an overdose. Overdose can be deadly, so its important that you watch for symptoms.
- Pinpoint Pupils
- Stomach Spasms
- Low Blood Pressure
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Weak Pulse
- Not Breathing
- Shallow Breathing
- Trouble Breathing
- Bluish Lips and Fingernails
If you think you or someone else is suffering from an overdose, call for medical attention immediately. And remember, the best way to prevent an overdose is to talk to your doctor. If the medication doesn’t seem to be working for your pain anymore, he may be able to prescribe something different.
Say Goodbye to Oxycodone Addiction
Oxycodone is a dangerous medication that can result in life-threatening side effects. However, it’s impossible to tell those that have become addicted to it that they simply need to stop using it. It’s highly addictive. The individual taking it must be ready to stop using the narcotic.
The first step anyone with oxycodone addiction should take is talking to his or her doctor. The doctor may be able to taper off the drug, lowering the dose over a period of time to reduce the number of withdrawal symptoms experienced.
In some cases, medical detox may be necessary, especially if a high dosage was prescribed for pain after injury or surgery. During medical detox, a doctor manages the withdrawal symptoms using medication while taking the patient off of Oxycodone. This type of detox is usually short and often followed by time spent in inpatient or outpatient rehab. Spending time in quality drug rehab helps those with Oxycodone addiction learn why they became addicted to the substance in the first place and provides them with the tools needed to prevent it from happening again.
Gracious Care: Oxycodone Addiction Rehab
If you’re ready to make a change, Gracious Care Recovery Services offers several treatment options.
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