Drug Narconon Program Looks At Differences Between Oxycodone Vs Oxycontin

Drug Narconon Program Looks At Differences Between Oxycodone Vs Oxycontin

With prescription drug addiction being such an enormous problem in our country, it is important to be informed on one of the most abused prescription drugs around, Oxycodone.

What Is The Difference Between Oxycodone And Oxycontin

On the street, it is common to hear of a drug called Oxy, Cotton, Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OCs, Ox, Os, Pills, 40, 40-Bar and 80. With all these names, what are drug users referring to? The drugs Oxycodone or Oxycontin?

Well, those addicted to these drugs are really taking the same thing, but with different formulas. Oxycodone is the active ingredient in the single ingredient prescription opioid called Oxycodone, prescribed for pain management. It is also the active ingredient contained in the combination drug, Oxycontin, also prescribed for pain management.

The difference is that Oxycontin was developed to release a higher percentage of Oxycodone immediately, while the rest is released over time. It was designed this way to give immediate relief of pain, while keeping pain controlled over time with the delayed absorption of part of the medication. To add to the already addictive aspects of the Oxycodone contained in Oxycontin, the large percentage of Oxycodone released immediately has a higher euphoria effect than most opioids and this gives it a very high occurrence of addiction and makes it a very popular drug to abuse. Even when used as prescribed by a doctor, it has a very high incidence of addiction.

The Common Side Effects Of Oxycodone And Oxycontin

There are several side effects that can occur with all opioid medications. Oxycodone and Oxycontin being no exception to the rule. These include:

*    Constipation
*    Dizziness
*    Sweating
*    Rash
*    Somnolence (drowsiness)
*    Nausea and vomiting
*    Miosis (small pupils)
*    Insomnia (inability to sleep)
*    Asthenia (lack or loss of strength; weakness)
*    Headache
*    Euphoria
*    Pruritus (intense itching)
*    Dysphoria (state of dissatisfaction, restlessness, fidgeting, anxiety)
*    Orthostatic hypotension (fall in blood pressure causing faintness, dizziness and vision disturbances)

Also, it’s important to note that almost all patients on Oxycodone will suffer from constipation or some other gastrointestinal side effect. In most instances, a physician will recommend another drug to remedy the constipation as fiber supplementation has not proven helpful in treating or preventing opioid induced constipation.

And You Thought Those Side Effects Sounded Bad

Remember, those are the common side effects of most opioids. Compounding the serious problem in using this highly addictive pain pill, is the list of even more serious Oxycodone side effects, which include:

*Respiratory depression
*Respiratory arrest and death
*Apnea (temporary inability to breath)
*Circulatory collapse
*Cardiac arrest

These serious side effects usually occur due to intentional or accidental overdose. Opioid naive patients, like the elderly, or patients with serious respiratory diseases may be at a higher risk for the respiratory depression and cardiac serous Oxycodone side effects.

Choices Involving Oxycodone And Oxycontin

The bottom line is to be informed about this opioid prescribed for pain medication. With its quality of being highly addictive and the long list of other dangerous side effects, you have to ask yourself if this is really how you should be treating your pain. You also have to ask yourself if this this something you should be messing with if you plan to take it illegally on the streets as a way to get high.

With so many downsides to this drug, the signs do not point in the direction of it being a wise choice to partake in its use and keeping yourself informed on this and other prescription drugs is vital.

For more information on this drug or other prescription drugs, please contact the drug Narconon program today.

Sources: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682132.html