Oxycet Addiction and Abuse

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Oxycet is a prescription strength pain medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycet is a combination of oxycodone, a strong opioid analgesic (narcotic) and acetaminophen, an over-the-counter mild pain-reliever. Acetaminophen enhances the already powerful effects produced by oxycodone, making Oxycet habit-forming and regularly misused.

Oxycet is responsible for many fatal overdoses in the United States. The opioid is so effective at relieving pain that it’s become one of the most misused and abused narcotics in the United States both for people with and without a prescription.

Oxycet Addiction and Abuse

When Oxycet is used as directed, the risk of substance abuse is lower. Doctors warn their patients never to exceed their dosage, as it may become a habit and potentially lead to a substance abuse disorder. Oxycet is prescribed as an oral tablet and should never be administered any other way. People taking Oxycet should always avoid mixing it with other substances like alcohol or other opioids as the interaction could be devastating and fatal. Oxycet slows down central nervous system function, and if it is taken with another CNS depressant it may cause respiratory depression or cardiac arrest. The mixture may also intensify common Oxycet side effects.

Some common side effects of Oxycet include dizziness, sedation, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, minor itching, and vomiting. Oxycet may cause serious side effects that should be addressed by a doctor, including severe allergic reactions (serious skin rashes, swelling of the throat), hypotension (low blood pressure), seizures, disorientation, and shallow breathing.

The initial dosage of Oxycet depends on how well the patient can tolerate opioids and how severe the pain is. Normal doses start anywhere from 2.5 mg twice daily to 10 mg twice daily.

Oxycet is very effective at treating pain. People who suffer from severe pain start depending on the opioid analgesic for comfort and it can help them live a normal life. Dependence is not the same as addiction. If someone is addicted to Oxycet, they may depend upon the prescription to treat pain without experiencing strong urges or cravings -indicative of dependence.

If someone is addicted to Oxycet, they may start taking higher doses of the narcotic, mixing it with other substances in order to increase euphoria or start taking it in ways that are not recommended, like snorting or injecting the drug.

Signs of Oxycet addiction will be different for each person. Someone who mixes it with other symptoms occasionally will not display the same symptoms as someone who takes it in high doses every day.

Oxycet Addiction and Abuse

Opioids are difficult to recover from. The withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that someone in recovery may fall back to recurring use. If you or a loved one is struggling with Oxycet abuse and addiction, getting the proper treatment now can make a difference in long-term recovery.

The Recovery Village has rehabilitation centers across the country, each one tailored to suit your individual needs. Visit our website at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com to learn more about what our treatment programs have to offer or call our confidential toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825.

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