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How Does Oxycodone Work?




Oxycodone is known to lead to physical dependence and addiction when it is abused or used for a longer period of time that what is prescribed. You might be thinking, how will you be able to know if you or someone you know is already suffering from oxycodone addiction?

  • Oxycodone, which is short for oxycodone hydrochloride, is legally being prescribed by doctors as a narcotic medication.
  • The drug is useful for the treatment and the management of pain.
  • Oxycodone is often taken as a white, crystalline powder that usually does not smell like anything.
  • The substance is derived from the alkaloid of opium called thebaine.

Oxycodone is able to act as a full opioid agonist by attaching to the mu-receptors that are part of the central nervous system. As such, oxycodone can cause analgesic effects as aside from anxiousness, depression, and possible sedation. The effects vary with each person depending on the amount of substance dosed and the user’s metabolic rate.

Oxycodone is legally sold under several brand names:

  • Endocet = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Combunox = Oxycodone with Ibuprofen
  • Lynox = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Endodan = Oxycodone with Aspirin
  • Narvox = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Magnacet-Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Perocet = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Oxycet = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Perloxx = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Percodan = Oxycodone with aspirin
  • Roxicet = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Primlev = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Taxadone = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Roxipirin = Oxycodone with aspirin
  • Xolox = Oxycodone with acetaminophen
  • Tylox = Oxycodone with acetaminophen

Oxycodone functions in the body by affecting the central nervous system.

It makes little changes that are significant in the patient’s emotional response and sense of pain. Oxycodone can attach to the receptors in the spinal cord and brain causing the phenomenal euphoric effect. When the drug is attached to the receptors, the patient can benefit from the analgesic effect it brings along with its pain relieving benefits.

Medicating with oxycodone can lead to several side effects in the physical aspect of an individual which include low blood pressure, irregular breathing, nausea, migraines, vomiting, and tightness in the chest.

Oxycodone induces intensified dependence in patients physically and psychologically.

Patients who are prescribed oxycodone may also quickly develop a tolerance to the drug in just a short while. Later on, as the patient continues to medicate with oxycodone, an increasing quantity of the drug would be necessary just to be able to fully experience its analgesic, euphoric, and pain to relieve benefits.

Oxycodone is placed under Schedule II type drugs by The Controlled Substance Act.

The narcotic medication is only meant to be used for medical reasons.; however, there are still those who can develop an addiction to the drug despite using it for medical reasons. Patients who abuse the drug, on the other hand, are at a great risk for an addiction to develop.

Certain factors can determine a person’s risks for becoming addicted if oxycodone is taken long enough. These include individual factors like genetics, mental illnesses, drug addiction history and environmental factors like availability of drugs and peer pressure. In most cases, it is the drugs intense offerings of pleasure that became the reason why many take it chronically.

The risk of becoming addicted to oxycodone is half influenced by genetics and half by environment.

If you have a personal history of abuse or any of your relatives had problems with drug abuse in the past, your chance of getting hooked on prescribed opioids is greater than one with a clear history of drug abuse. Be aware that the recreational intake of oxycodone can add to the risk of an overdose usually due to ingesting dangerous dose levels of the drug.

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