OxyContin 10 mg: High and Side Effects
OxyContin is a brand name drug, with the generic name oxycodone, and it’s classified as an opioid pain medication. Opioid pain medicines are also described as narcotics, and it’s available only by prescription to treat pain ranging from moderate to severe.
Unlike many other opioids, OxyContin is meant to be used in patients whose pain is anticipated to be long-lasting, and it’s an around-the-clock treatment, rather than an “as-needed” pain medicine.
There are different doses available of Oxycontin, including OxyContin 10 mg, and the following provides an overview of information regarding the OxyContin 10 mg high, OxyContin 10 mg side effects, and the differences in OxyContin 10 mg vs. Percocet 10 mg.
It can also lead to feelings of being high or experiencing euphoria, which is why there is a risk of abuse and addiction that comes with the use of OxyContin 10 mg and other doses.
OxyContin is itself an extended release drug, which means that someone takes it and its effects are gradually felt over a period of time, such as for 12 hours. This helps control the potential for abuse and addiction since there’s not as potent of an initial high that occurs. With that being said, while OxyContin 10 mg is extended release, some people abuse it in ways like snorting it in order to get the full potency all at one time.
There are also immediate-release versions of oxycodone available, but not as the brand name OxyContin.
OxyContin 10 mg is available as an extended-release pain medication because it’s specifically intended for people with chronic, severe pain.
Along with the risk of abuse and addiction, another thing to consider with OxyContin 10 mg is the risk of physical dependence. Even in extended release versions, OxyContin can lead to the development of a physical dependence, meaning that when someone stops taking the drug, they will go through withdrawal.
Extended-release opioids are intended to not just provide around-the-clock chronic pain treatment, but also to help avoid the risk of abuse and addiction. Unfortunately, people who want to achieve an OxyContin 10 mg high may snort the drug, or crush it, dissolve it in water and inject it. Using OxyContin in these ways is extremely dangerous and likely to lead to serious side effects and increase the chances of an overdose occurring.
Some of the general OxyContin 10 mg side effects can include drowsiness, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache. Other possible OxyContin 10 mg side effects are constipation and gastrointestinal symptoms, dry mouth and itching.
Rare but severe OxyContin 10 mg side effects can include slow or shallow breathing, confusion, severe constipation, sexual problems, and feeling lightheaded or like you might pass out.
First, OxyContin and Percocet are both brand-name drugs with the opioid component oxycodone. OxyContin 10 mg only contains pure oxycodone, however, but Percocet is a combination drug with acetaminophen, which is an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If someone is taking Percocet, it’s important to be aware of the risks of acetaminophen if too much is taken. Too much acetaminophen in one day can lead to liver damage, as well as acute liver failure or even death. In fact, someone is more likely to overdose on the acetaminophen in Percocet before they do the oxycodone.
OxyContin 10 mg vs. Percocet 10 are also different from one another because OxyContin lasts for around 12 hours, while Percocet’s duration of action is about five hours.
There’s another difference as well. OxyContin 10 mg is going to be less potent than Percocet 10 mg, because 10 is the lowest available dosage of OxyContin, while it’s the highest of Percocet.
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