Oxycodone Drug Facts

Oxycodone (OXY) is a general prescribed opioid painkiller present in Oxycontin and Percocet tablets given for relieving moderate to severe pain. It belongs to the family of opioid drugs, directly acting on the central nervous system to alter the brain’s response to pain. Only a trained medical professional can prescribe oxycodone drugs to patients suffering from pain. But the mild euphoric effects allow the individual to use it illegally, which leads to dependency and addiction.

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Oxycodone Abuse

Oxycodone reacts with the areas of the brain that controls the heart rate and respiration. So, a slight overdose for a prolonged period may lead to psychological and physiological symptoms and effects. If you think you or your friends are abused, do not stop the medication all of a sudden, which could lead to severe withdrawal symptoms that could push one to further abuse. Therefore, they are placed under schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.

Signs and Symptoms of Oxycodone

  • Skin patches
  • Diarrhea
  • Dryness in the mouth
  • Confusions and delusions
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Dilation of pupils (during withdrawal)
  • Lack of proper health
  • Staying away from socializing and from friends
  • Meeting different doctors and pharma to obtain the medication

Effects of Oxycodone Abuse

  • Happiness
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Calmness
  • Dizziness
  • Euphoria

Detection of Oxycodone

Drug levels in ng/mL

Detection Window

Greater than 200 ng/mL (Urine)

3 days

50 - 300 ng/mL (Saliva)

1 to 3 days

Withdrawal Symptoms of Oxycodone

  • Dilated pupils
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Goosebumps
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Tearing
  • Agitation

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