Oxycontin is the most common brand name for oxycodone, a prescription drug often given for pain. Oxycontin is a delayed-release tablet that allows the user to get relief from moderate to severe pain over a longer period of time. Oxycontin and oxycodone belong to a class of drugs known as opiates – that is they are derived from opium or a synthetic version of opium.
The Dangers of Oxycontin
As a narcotic pain reliever, Oxycontin is both long-acting and highly addictive. It is prescribed in hospitals for chronic pain, cancer pain and pain from surgery. The most common reason people become addicted to Oxycontin is prolonged or continued use after being prescribed the drug. Why Oxycontin is dangerous:
- It is extremely addictive
- Can cause sudden death from overdoses or interactions with other drugs
- It is very difficult to detox from (some liken it to heroin)
The drug is also used illegally, which is another common reason for Oxycontin addiction. Many Oxycontin addicts crush the drug and then swallow, snort or inject it. This can be highly dangerous, though, because it is very easy to accidentally overdose this way.
The Difficulties of Oxycontin Detox and Rehab
Opiates like Oxycontin alter brain function and change how the brain and nervous system interpret pain. Therefore, after becoming addicted, the withdrawal symptoms can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms are similar to other opiates and include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
Oxycontin withdrawal symptoms are not extremely dangerous themselves, but they can be uncomfortable. Also, vomiting and diarrhea can leave you extremely dehydrated and breathing stomach contents into your lungs while vomiting (known as aspiration) can cause dangerous lung infections or choking. One of the biggest dangers of Oxycontin withdrawal is the temptation to give up and go back to using the drug. However, as the detox process lowers your tolerance, deciding to use Oxycontin after starting detox could easily lead to overdose, which can prove deadly.
The Most Successful Oxycontin Addiction Treatment
If you or a loved one have an Oxycontin addiction, there is hope. Medical detox in an inpatient facility can help you remove this dangerous substance from your body while minimizing your withdrawal symptoms. At a trusted center like Gallus Detox, you and your family can also rest easy knowing you are in the hands of experienced and caring medical professionals. For more information on medical detox or to speak with an Oxycontin detox expert, contact Gallus Detox online or by calling 855-338-6929 – your information is always kept safe and confidential.