Is OxyContin Addictive?

OxyContin and other oxycodone products, such as Percocet, Percodan, and Tylox, are often prescribed for pain relief resulting from injuries, surgical operations, and childbirth.

Repeated use of oxycodone drugs can build up a tolerance in the user, who then continues to use the drug to dull the pain, avoid withdrawal symptoms, and ultimately experience the euphoric effect.

How is OxyContin abused?

OxyContin tablets are normally swallowed whole. The tablets can also be chewed, crushed to a powder and snorted, or dissolved in water and injected. For a more immediate high, some users remove the time-released layer, place it on foil and smoke it like heroin. Because the effect of smoking doesn’t last as long, more of the drug is needed to achieve the desired high.

Are there withdrawal symptoms?

As with most serious drugs, OxyContin usage can result in dependency, as well as withdrawal symptoms when usage is cut off.

Common symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal may include:

  • Increased heart rate or pulse
  • Fatigue and difficulty sleeping, such as insomnia
  • Hot and/or cold sweats
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as diarrhea

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