The Dangers And Side Effects Of Snorting Oxycodone
Oxycodone is an opioid drug that is produced from thebaine, an organic compound that is found in opium. The most common use for opioid drugs is the treatment of pain and oxycodone is often prescribed to individuals who live with chronic health conditions; such as degenerative arthritis and cancer. Oxycodone can allow the individuals who suffer from these chronic health conditions to not only have an improved quality of life but it can also allow them to function normally. However, when this drug is abused – nasally (snorting oxycodone) or orally – it can cause strong levels of dependence and even addiction.
Also, oxycodone (just like all other opiates) can have a fatal reaction on users if they take too much of the drug or overdose. As a result of these addiction and overdose dangers, oxycodone is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. Regardless of this, over time there have been more and more cases of people abusing and becoming addicted to oxycodone in the country.
Side Effects Of Oxycodone
Like a lot of other prescription opioids (and prescription drugs in general), oxycodone has a few common side effects that can range from somewhat annoying to mildly dangerous. Some common side effects of snorting oxycodone or taking it orally, include:
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
- Mild itching
Oxycodone also has severe side effects that can be attributed to its use. If you experience any of these you should contact your doctor or get medical help immediately, since some of these can be fatal.
- Slow heartbeat
- Cold & clammy skin
- Severe drowsiness
- Shallow breathing
- Missed menstrual periods
- Sexual problems
- Loss of interest in sex
- Feelings of lightheadedness
- Seizures & convulsions
In rare cases an allergic reaction to oxycodone can occur. If the symptoms in the onset of this allergic reaction are mild, then some users may ignore them of view them as not serious. Whatever the case may be, get medical help immediately if you begin to experience the following symptoms because they may be the early signs of a severe allergic reaction to the drug:
- Swelling in your throat
- Swelling of your face
- Swelling of your tongue
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives (red skin rash with itchy bumps)
Why Is Snorting Oxycodone So Dangerous?
Oxycodone can be taken in liquid form; capsule form; or most commonly, tablet form. More than a few common prescription pain relievers contain relatively large amounts of oxycodone, some of the common ones include; OxyContin, Percocet, Roxicet, and Percodan.
Individuals who abuse drugs that contain oxycodone often do so by grinding the tablets into dust or a fine powder and then snorting it. Snorting oxycodone allows the drug to have a faster effect on your central nervous system, which in turn can give the user a high that can be as intense as a high produced by heroin.
OxyContin is one source of oxycodone that is more frequently abused compared to others. This is because OxyContin is actually an extended release delivery form of oxycodone and it has doses that can range from 10 mg to as much as 160 mg. Being an extended release form of the drug, OxyContin is supposed to give users long lasting pain relief which is achieved by its timed release coating. Abusers of the drug will remove this timed release coting and then grind and snort the drug, achieving an extremely dangerous and intense high that is accompanied by a euphoric rush.
Snorting oxycodone intensifies the effects of the drug but also subsequently worsens the risk of becoming dependent on the drug and having an overdose.
As stated before, OxyContin is the most commonly abused form of oxycodone that is available commercially. In fact, a report by the Center for Substance Abuse Research showed that ever since OxyContin became publicly available in 1996; the number of oxycodone related abuse cases, as well as the number of oxycodone overdose cases have been steadily rising.
When the protective coating of OxyContin is removed and the drug is then snorted, dangerous side effects can occur, such as:
- Intense nausea
- Irregular or slow breathing
- Sudden drop in blood pressure
- Cardiac arrest
Don’t Let Snorting Oxycodone Become A Normal Part Of Your Life
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