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OxyContin Addiction

OxyContin is the brand name for a time-released formula of oxycodone, an opioid (narcotic) analgesic and known to be powerful with a high potential for abuse. Its common names are OC, Kicker, OxyCotton, Oxy or famously as “Hillbilly Heroin” as it gives users like heroin euphoria.  In recent years, OxyContin Addiction in Orange County CA has reached epidemic levels.

 

OxyContin, which contains about 10 to 80 mg of oxycodone, is used to treat moderate to severe pain such as pain injuries, arthritis, cancer pain and other conditions with long-lasting relief of up to 12 hours.

 

addictedIf misused (i.e. crushing, snorting, diluting, injecting etc.), it can be addictive which may primarily lead to respiratory complications or failure especially with alcohol or benzodiazepenes (tranquilizers).

 

Misuse and abuse have the following symptoms:

 

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Nausea
  • Muscle weakness
  • Flushed skin
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Constipation
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Anhedonia (the difficulty in finding pleasure in activities and sensations)

 

And it can lead to serious effects such as:

 

  • Fainting
  • Swelling: eyes, tongue, throat/ drying of mouth
  • Rash/hives
  • Itching
  • Headache
  • Changes in heart rate (can be faster or slower)
  • Seizures
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sedation
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swing
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory Loss
  • Death

 

The better you know, the better you can help! If a friend or a family member needs help, refer them to TruVida Recovery located in Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA. – Call or Text us at 949-388-3866. We will always be willing to help you.

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