OxyContin Side Effects
OxyContin is an extended-release version of the opioid painkiller oxycodone. The common side effects of taking this drug are much the same as those for oxycodone itself. OxyContin side effects range from moderate to severe and there is a very large risk for dependence or addiction. It's no wonder that federal and state officials are being urged to ban OxyContin by concerned citizens and consumer watchdog groups across the country.
Constipation is one of the most commonly reported OxyContin side effects. Other common side effects of OxyContin include nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, dry mouth, itching, headaches, sweating, and weakness. Some OxyContin side effects can be more serious and should be reported to a doctor immediately. These can include behavior or mood changes, confusion, severe constipation, unsteadiness, slowed heart rate, low blood pressure, irregular or difficult breathing, difficulty with urination, seizures, severe drowsiness, and a compulsive feeling to keep taking the drug. Dependence and addiction can also be side effects of OxyContin use. Other serious symptoms which need immediate medical attention include signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, rash, itching, wheezing, swelling, and difficult breathing.
Manufactured by Purdue Pharma L.P., OxyContin is a time release pill that is designed to relieve pain up to 12 hours. When the drug hit the market however, it was quickly discovered that by chewing, grinding, or dissolving the pill into liquid, the time release function could be negated. Thus when an abuser snorts, eats, or injects OxyContin, an euphoric rush is felt similar to heroin. This pleasurable feeling is creating addicts out of those who may have had very legitimate reasons for the initial prescription. OxyContin use can go from legitimate use to addiction very quickly and subtly. Individuals who have not been educated about the dangers of OxyContin side effects may not understand what a powerful narcotic this drug really is. Too many people believe that just because a doctor prescribed the drug that it's "just a pain killer" that they are in no danger. These are some of the reasons why OxyContin side effects have become so prominent in our emergency rooms and morgues.