Certain scenarios and risk factors may put someone at a higher risk of overdosing on Oxaydo or any prescription opioid. Overdose risk factors can include:
- Taking higher doses of Oxaydo than prescribed
- Using Oxaydo recreationally for the effects such as getting high
- Experiencing extreme pain and feeling the need for higher doses to alleviate that pain
- Developing a tolerance to Oxaydo and needing larger amounts to feel effects
- Using Oxaydo in any way other than how it’s intended to be used, such as breaking or crushing it to snort or inject it
- Taking Oxaydo without a prescription
- Mixing Oxaydo with alcohol
- Combining Oxaydo and benzodiazepines or other central nervous system depressants
- Using Oxaydo with another opioid including prescription drugs or heroin
- Detoxing from opioids and then reusing them (this can lead to a lower than expected tolerance, increasing the chance of an overdose)
- Slow, labored or shallow breathing
- Stopped breathing
- Slow, weak or stopped pulse
- Bluish tint to lips or fingernails
- Pinpoint pupils
- Weak or “floppy” muscles
- Extreme drowsiness
- Clamminess or cold sweat
- Nodding off or losing consciousness
- Making gurgling or snoring sounds
- Nonresponsive to outside stimuli
A drug overdose is always a medical emergency. If an Oxaydo overdose is even suspected, it’s essential to contact 911 immediately. There is an opioid reversal drug that can be given in some overdose scenarios, but it has to happen quickly before brain damage occurs, or the overall damage of the overdose is no longer reversible. Even if the reversal drug naloxone is on-hand and used by someone around the person believed to be overdosing, they still need medical care.
The risks of an opioid overdose are more common than most people realize. Addiction treatment can help provide peace of mind rather than constant fear and worry, so contact The Recovery Village to learn more.
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