Oxycontin is a brand of the prescription opiate oxycodone. Oxycontin is a painkiller prescribed to help with moderate to severe pain. The effects of the drug are feelings of relaxation, decreased anxiety, pain relief, euphoric sensations, and sedation. Frequent users of the drug build up a tolerance to it and aren’t able to feel the strong euphoric and positive feelings that they felt when first taking the drug. This results in users increasing their dosage in order to feel these stronger effects. This can quickly lead to overdoses of the drug that come along with long and short term effects as well as a psychological and physical dependence for the drug.
There are various short term effects associated with the frequent use of oxycontin. These effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain, decreased appetite, tiredness, muscle weakness, light headedness, and mood fluctuations. More severe short term effects of the drug result in an irregular heart rate, seizures, hypotension (low blood pressure), swelling, and breathing problems. The long term use of the drug leads to severe chronic pain, kidney and liver damage. If a user continues regular and increased dosages of the drug this will eventually result in kidney and liver failure.
Long term usage of oxycontin results in the development of a psychological and physical dependence for the drug. The user’s body becomes weakened resulting in wanting the drug even more to combat the physical pain of the body. The brain begins to crave the euphoric feelings and sedation effects resulting in a psychological dependence for the drug. Once a user discontinues use of the drug, it will result in withdrawals symptoms such as restlessness, high anxiety and depression, increased heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting/nausea, cramps, and muscle pain and weakness.
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