OxyContin is an analgesic time-release medication used by patients who suffer from severe or chronic pain. It has a single component called Oxycodone hydrochloride, which can be highly addictive. Testimonials of patients who have recovered from the addiction noted that they have not experienced any long term effects of OxyContin abuse.
Though no record show for certain long term effects, there are some testimonials that say they have developed insomnia due to withdrawal from the drug. Others say that the worst long term effect could be physical dependence or addiction if there is OxyContin abuse. Addiction is the worse that could happen to patients who uses OxyContin. A person who gets addicted to it do not just use it to ease the pain but also, the purpose of getting high is there. There are different ways a person uses the medicine. Some simply takes in a high dose of the drug while others try to make a powder consistency and snort it. There are some who dissolves it water and inject it to themselves to get a faster high out of the medicine. Frequent high from OxyContin slows down the respiration process of a user. This may affect the function of the heart too. This is usually why some users end up in the hospital or the morgue.
There are some people who become physically dependent to OxyContin. This means that the person uses the drug every time he, or she feels pain. They don’t necessarily need a higher dose, but, chances are, frequent use could lead to addiction. Majority of patients who are physically dependent with it knows when they want to stop the use of the medicine. Before doing so, it is best for patients to consult their physician. OxyContin is not like any other analgesic that can be stopped anytime at any rate. Usually, a doctor lowers the dosage until eventually, the body becomes independent.
Physical dependency and addiction may be considered as long term effects of OxyContin abuse. Both situations can be treated. The difference is the period of recovery and treatment. Physical dependency may take a shorter period of treatment while addiction will take a while. Both patients in respective situation will experience withdrawal symptoms. Short or long term, these withdrawal symptoms, can be managed when patients asks for help. Some physicians provide medical treatment to manage the symptoms. There are some physicians who do not provide medical treatment in managing the symptoms. They could give a list of physicians who can give medical attention to patients who are either physically dependent to OxyContin or addicted to it. Treatment centers are also helpful to this kind of situation. It is best to go to the nearest treatment center in ones place. They give proper medical treatment and programs. What’s great about treatment center is that they have complete facilities and highly trained professionals to attend to every patient.
To end these so called long term effects of OxyContin abuse, a patient must know when and where to ask help. Self medication is not advised because it might worsen his or her situation. Consulting a physician or going to a treatment center is always best for anyone who is either addicted or physically dependent with OxyContin.