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Smoking Oxycontin Effects
Many things: Oxycodone, when smoked, gets into the body (and the brain) very quickly, within seconds. It has a greater chance of producing overdose, and can cause physical dependence and addiction more quickly when smoked than when taken by mouth, but both routes of administration will cause addiction. It is not good for the lungs or heart either, since many impurities present in the smoke are toxic. ...Read more
Oxycontin: Nausea, constipation, a liking for the medication, tolerance, dependency. While Oxycontin is a good analgesic it is dangerous to use long term as it has about a 30% which is immediate release. This gives you a boost everytime you take a pill and this is bad as it leads you to like the medication, get dependent and require more frequent doses. ...Read more
OxyContin is an Opioid and is used to treat moderate to severe pain that is expected to last for an extended period of time.
It can lower Testosterone levels, and contribute to low libido and difficulty with orgasm.
Taking SSRI medication for Depression may cause decreased sex drive and difficulty reaching an orgasm.
See your Physician for Diagnosis of pain, discuss OxyContin effects; Therapy. ...Read more
Some: Adverse effects like nausea and sedation are seen in some by not all patients given Oxycontin (and evey other opioid). ...Read more
I read that the pain pill oxycontin is very addictive and have bad side effects--why is it still being used?
What are the long term effects of a OxyContin addiction? Is it possible to overdose even if someone has been using them for years?
Many, and they can: The natural history of opioid abuse is escalation of dose, which is usually gradual but is sometimes quite rapid, until major toxic effects of opioids become problems - severe constipation, weight gain, sleep apnea, and overdose with the potential for prolonged coma, brain damage and death. The amount of money needed results in criminality, and switching to IV use and heroin is common. ...Read more
Is oxycontin bad for you longterm if used as prescribed (the same way benzos can have longterm negative effects)? My headache pain is too awful
Oxycontin is an opiate, and may lead to dependence. In addition, your headache called an opiate withdrawal headache.
I would recommend seeing your primary care provider or a neurologist to figure what's causing your headaches. (Migraines? / Cluster headache? / Tension headache/ withdrawal? /etc...) ...Read more
What side effects are often associated with the prescription drug Soma (carisoprodol) along with oxycontin?
What are the long term effects of oxycontin 20mg 2/day and fentanyl patch 50 mcg every 48 hrs. Have major adhesions from 36 hr undiagnosed perf ulcer.?
Constipation: Adhesions can slow transit time of the intestines leading to constipation, abdominal pain, and bloating. Add narcotics to the picture and it can be made worse. If the narcotics are for pain supposedly related to the adhesions, then you need to have further workup to figure out why and where this is occurring in your intestinal tract and surgically repairing it. An upper GI series might be done. ...Read more
Work for what??: If you are taking it properly - swallowed whole as directed - it gets the same serum drug levels as any other form of oxycodone. If you are tampering with it in an effort to snort or inject it, it turns into a gel and inactivates the oxycodone. Opioids do not work for all kinds of pain (neuropathy is particularly resistant), and it depends on the dose prescribed. Talk to prescriber or pharmacist. ...Read more
I don't think so: Whether prescribed or not, chronic opioid therapy has effects on many things needed for driving, and while regular drivers licenses are not a problem, a commercial license may well be. It may depend on the state. Usually there is a booklet available from each state regarding their requirements, and I would start with getting and reviewing that. Talk to your prescribing physician and get a letter ...Read more
Which is stronger?: Neither hydromorphone (dilaudid) nor OxyContin (oxycodone) is "stronger". "Stronger" effect depends on the dose of the med in equivalents. I notice ur med list includes both of these drugs and lorazepam, a benzodiazepine. All of these meds can cause addiction & all are respiratory depressants. Effects will be additive if taken 2gether. Talk 2 ur doc abt the right medication choices for you. ...Read more
Depends: On what is causing the pain, and the dose of either drug. In equivalent doses, all opioids work about the same, and differ mainly in side effects. Hydromorphone is much more potent than oxycodone, but that doesn't mean it is "better" or "stronger." 2 mg of hydrocodone is roughly equivalent to 10 mg of oxycodone when taken by mouth. Your pain specialist and pharmacist can better answer this. ...Read more
Days: Depending on the route of use, withdrawal could start anywhere between 8 to 24 hours after last use, usually peaking 48-72 hours then subsiding, however even weeks after some symptoms remain, poor sleep, poor appetite, low energy and mood and if addicted strong cravings. If addicted to it relapse remains very high even after the acute detox process. Seek a professionls help. Meds are available. ...Read more
Histamine: All opioids have the potential to cause mast cells in the bloodstream and elsewhere to release histamine, causing itching, flushing and even outright hives, as well as nausea/vomiting and diarrhea. Oxycodone has less of this than many other opioids, but it can do it too, and some people are just sensitive to it. Taking an antihistamine may help - talk to the prescriber. ...Read more
No: What water can do is dilute your urine to where the oxycodone may fall below the detection range of the test, but the dilute urine itself will set off alarms and the test will be voided, and might be considered positive. Sounds like it is not prescribed, and sounds like it is a problem for you. Rather than worrying about detection you should be worried about your future, and consider getting help. ...Read more