Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, a white and odorless and a white crystalline powder. It is synthesized from the opiate alkaloid thebaine, which is derived from the poppy plants. It is mainly available as a medication in immediate release and controlled release pills of 10 mg, 15 mg, 20 mg, 30 mg, 40 mg, 60 mg, and 80 mg. Oxycodone can be found under the brand names Roxicodone, OxyContin, Oxecta, OxyIR, and Endone.
Why do most people use oxycodone?
People use this medication usually prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief. In fact, Oxycodone helps in managing moderate to moderately severe acute or chronic pain is the main medical purpose for using oxycodone. If it is taken as prescribed by doctors, oxycodone can significantly improve the quality of life for patients suffering a range of types of pain. However, some people abuse oxycodone recreationally because it triggers a very “high”, or euphoric effect, triggered by psychoactive effects in the central nervous system. Depressed people and patients who are suffering from anxiety find it very appealing because it lifts up mood, has a slight euphoric effect and lessens anxiety. People suffering from insomnia abuse oxycodone in order to produce drowsiness and fall asleep easily. Regardless, the recreational use of oxycodone is hazardous and harmful. Many people who use or abuse oxycodone can administer it in the following ways:
Crushing and snorting
Transdermally (delivered across the skin)
If oxycodone is used for a short period of time, the effects of oxycodone are generally positive. The users who are prescribed with oxycodone feel relaxed and relieved of pain. It also produces side effects which counterbalance its positive properties. Negative effects range from nausea and constipation to respiratory difficulties to the person and in some cases, severe rashes, allergic reactions, swelling of tongue and throat have also been noted. Additionally, long term oxycodone users can also face health problems such as:
Liver and kidney damage,
Severe headaches, etc