Addiction Warning Signs
When patients are described medication, doctors carefully space out the time for patients to take the drug to avoid the development of a tolerance. When a person takes a drug before the last dose has had a chance to be fully processed by their system, the body becomes more resistant to the drug’s effect. As a result, many people will start taking it in higher quantities to feel the effects.
Eventually, the body will develop a dependency on the drug. OxyContin introduces chemicals to the body that the body can already produce on its own. The more OxyContin a person takes, the less of these chemicals the body will make on its own, and it becomes dependent on the supply provided by the drug. This is why patients who stop taking it will experience withdrawal symptoms.
If you experience the following after you stop taking OxyContin, you may have developed a dependence:
- Abdominal cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Running nose
- Muscle spasms
- Agitation and anxiety
- Abnormal blood pressure
The most potent withdrawal effects will begin around eight hours after someone’s last dose and can last for up to a week. Even after a week, lingering withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, mood swings, and anxiety can last for up to two years. This is why it is recommended anyone looking to get off the drug check-in to a medical detoxification center where professionals can help manage the symptoms.
Long Term Effects of OxyContin:
- Issues breathing
- Extreme drowsiness
- Muscle fatigue and weakness
- Clammy skin
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OxyContin is an opiate and abusing it can lead to stroke, heart failure, and death when abused. Overcoming an addiction is not easy, but it is possible. Now is the time to make a positive change, and The Carter Treatment Center rehab specialists are here to help.
We also have a dedicated program for patients with co-occurring disorders.
Recovering from an addiction is a lifelong process, and we know how important it is to have support through it. We don’t just help our patients during rehab, we build communities and connections that will be there for people in recovery their entire lives.