Oxycodone

Oxycodone

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    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. Some people misuse oxycodone to become intoxicated, which can result in serious side effects.

  • Common Names

    Hillbilly Heroin

    Oxy

    OC

    O

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    Types of Oxycodone

    Oxycodone comes in a number of forms including capsules, tablets, liquid and suppositories. It also comes in a variety of strengths.

  • How is it used?

    Oxycodone is usually swallowed but is sometimes injected or used as a suppository. To prevent tablets being injected by people who misuse them, they were reformulated in 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.

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Side Effects of Oxycodone

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Oxycodone will affect everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Oxycodone will affect everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug

  • The effects may include:

    Pain relief

    Dizziness or faintness

    Tiredness

    Confusion and difficulty concentrating

    Euphoria or negative mood

    Restlessness

    Blurred vision

    Stiff muscles

    Constipation

    Dry mouth

    Stomach ache and nausea

    Difficulty urinating

    Slow pulse

    Excess sweating, flushing and itching

    Mild allergic rash or hives (see your doctor promptly)

    Injecting oxycodone when misusing the drug may also cause:

    Vein damage and scarring

    Infection including tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS

    Deep vein thrombosis and clots causing loss of limbs, damage to organs, stroke and possibly death

    If injecting there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV and AIDS

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    The effects may include:

    Pain relief

    Dizziness or faintness

    Tiredness

    Confusion and difficulty concentrating

    Euphoria or negative mood

    Restlessness

    Blurred vision

    Stiff muscles

    Constipation

    Dry mouth

    Stomach ache and nausea

    Difficulty urinating

    Slow pulse

    Excess sweating, flushing and itching

    Mild allergic rash or hives (see your doctor promptly)

    Injecting oxycodone when misusing the drug may also cause:

    Vein damage and scarring

    Infection including tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS

    Deep vein thrombosis and clots causing loss of limbs, damage to organs, stroke and possibly death

    If injecting there is an increased risk of:

    Tetanus

    Infection

    Vein damage

    If sharing needles there is an increased risk of:

    Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis C

    HIV and AIDS

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of oxycodone may cause:

    Dental problems

    Swelling in the arms and legs

    Mood swings

    Reduced sex drive and decreased level of testosterone (males) and menstrual problems (females)

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Financial, work or social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Regular use of oxycodone may cause:

    Dental problems

    Swelling in the arms and legs

    Mood swings

    Reduced sex drive and decreased level of testosterone (males) and menstrual problems (females)

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Financial, work or social problems

Mixing Oxycodone with other drugs

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    Oxycodone + Alcohol

     

    Increased confusion and clumsiness and breathing difficulties.

  • Oxycodone + some Antidepressants

     

    Delirium, convulsions, respiratory failure, coma and death.

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The effects of using Oxycodone with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.