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Oxycodone (brand name: OxyContin) is a dangerous narcotic that became very widely used during the mid 1990s and was the most widely abused prescription drug by 2001. This drug is a semi-synthetic opioid which means that it contains opiate-based compounds that are synthesized to create the drug itself. Oxycodone is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain but can also be used for the treatment of severe diarrhea such as that associated with IBS or cholera.

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Side Effects

Taking Oxycodone can lead to a number of uncomfortable side effects. Many of the side effects will dissipate once the body adjusts to taking Oxycodone. Talk with your doctor if the side effects of Oxycodone become severe, do not go away with time or are bothersome. The following side effects will often occur when taking Oxycodone:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Weakness
  • Itching
  • Red eyes
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of appetite

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47,300* People Addicted
23,100* Getting Help
8,209* Deaths
*Statistic from 2015

If you notice any of the following severe and potentially serious side effects, contact emergency medical treatment immediately:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hives or rash which could signify allergic reaction
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Loss of consciousness

Brand Names

The name Oxycodone is one of the most common brand names for the drug but there are many others. Other brands that also sell drugs containing various formulations of Oxycodone include:

  • Endocodone
  • Dazidox
  • Oxyfast
  • Oxycotin
  • OxyIR
  • Roxicodone
  • Percodan
  • Tylox
  • Percocet

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Street Names

Recreational drug users may use a number of different names to described Oxycodone or drugs which contain Oxycodone. Some of the most common street names for Oxycodone include:

  • Oxy
  • Roxy
  • Perks
  • Z’s
  • OC’s
  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Pinks
  • Yellows

Blues became a rapidly used name to describe Roxicodone which was widely sold in the form of a small blue tablet which contained 15mg of Oxycodone. Widespread use of the drug paired with extensive cases of narcotics overdose has led to the discontinued manufacture of a particular blue Roxicodone but this has not stopped other formulations of the drug from being manufactured and sold both in pharmacies and then later on the streets.

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Nausea and weakness are common Oxycodone side effects.

According to the National Library of Medicine, Oxycodone addiction is a potentially fatal disease that can lead to many consequences including serious health problems, relationship troubles, financial disarray and legal matters. The DEA has classified Oxycodone containing drugs as Schedule II Narcotics which means that these drugs are extremely dangerous and widely abused. Being caught in possession of Oxycodone without a prescription can lead to a lifetime prison sentence in some states.

Unfortunately, when an individual becomes addicted to Oxycodone, he or she may not have any control over their actions or behaviors, especially when related to drug abuse. Oxycodone addiction leads to complete physical and psychological dependence on the drug and will make a user go through great lengths to obtain the drugs despite consequences which can—and do—occur.

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Though it may be a long and difficult process, treatment is available to help those who become addicted to Oxycodone. Medication replacement can help when there is a need for pain reduction and in some cases, methadone and other maintenance drugs can be used in the effective treatment of Oxycodone addiction. Most users will require a longer period of counseling, support and therapy when seeking help for Oxycodone addiction versus certain other narcotics but in the end can live a sober lifestyle that is free from drug abuse.

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the Take-Away

Oxycodone is used to treat pain by many medical practitioners. When this drug is abused for recreational uses, it can cause a serious addiction problem and the side effects can be fatal.