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The Influence in Dane County WI.
What is oxycodone?
Oxycodone hydrochloride belongs to a group of medicines called opioid analgesics. It is a depressant drug which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body. Depressant drugs do not necessarily make a person feel depressed. Other depressants include alcohol, cannabis and heroin.
Oxycodone is most commonly prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to severe pain. However, there is increasing concern among medical professionals about the risks of using these drugs, particularly when they are used for a long time.
Under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), oxycodone is a Schedule 8 drug. Doctors must follow state and territory laws when prescribing oxycodone and must notify, or receive approval from, the appropriate health authority.
Some people misuse oxycodone to become intoxicated, which can result in serious side effects.
Types of oxycodone
Oxycodone comes in a number of forms including capsules, tablets, liquid and suppositories. It also comes in a variety of strengths.
Common oxycodone brand names include: Oxynorm, OxyContin, Endone, Proladone, Targin. Slang names include: Hillbilly heroin, oxy, OC and O.
How are they used?
Oxycodone is usually swallowed but is sometimes injected or used as a suppository.
To prevent OxyContin tablets being injected by people who misuse them, they were reformulated on 1 April 2014. The tablets are now resistant to crushing and become a thick gel when added to water. They also have controlled release properties, even as a gel.
Effects of oxycodone
Oxycodone affects everyone differently, but the effects may include:
If a large amount of oxycodone is taken, the following may be experienced:
These effects may indicate an overdose. Call 911 immediately if someone looks they like have had oxycodone and are in trouble. While you wait for help to arrive:
Injecting oxycodone when misusing the drug may also cause:
Regular use of oxycodone may cause:
Giving up oxycodone after using it for a long time is challenging because the body has to get used to functioning without it. This is why it's important to seek advice from a health professional when planning to stop taking oxycodone, whether you have been taking it with a prescription or not.
Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person and are different depending on the type of oxycodone taken. Symptoms usually last for approximately one week and can include: