OxyContin is a brand-name drug that contains oxycodone. It is classified as an opioid pain medication. Opioid pain medicines are also described as narcotics, and they are available only by prescription to treat moderate to severe pain.

Unlike many other opioids, OxyContin is meant to be used for patients whose pain is anticipated to be long-lasting and it’s an around-the-clock treatment option, rather than as-needed pain medicine.

There are different doses available of OxyContin, including OxyContin 10 mg. 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.

OxyContin 10 mg

OxyContin 10 mg is the lowest dose available of this brand-name drug. The active element of OxyContin 10 mg is oxycodone, which is an opioid, and this pain reliever attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, as well as throughout the central nervous system. When someone takes OxyContin 10 mg or any other dose of the drug, it works to change their perception of pain because of how it affects the brain.

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 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. OxyContin 10 mg is available as an extended-release pain medication because it’s specifically intended for people with chronic, severe pain. This type of release helps control the potential for abuse and addiction. 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.

Along with the risk of abuse and addiction, another aspect to consider with OxyContin 10 mg is the risk of physical dependence. Even in extended-release versions, OxyContin can lead to the development of physical dependence, meaning that when someone stops taking the drug, they go through withdrawal.

OxyContin 10 mg High

An OxyContin 10 mg high is likely less powerful than using higher doses of the drug, and the extended-release form of the drug also affects the high.

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 might snort the drug, or crush it or dissolve it in water and inject it. Using OxyContin in these ways is extremely dangerous and likely to lead to serious side effects, including overdose.

OxyContin 10 mg Side Effects

While it is, relatively speaking, a low dose, are there OxyContin 10 mg side effects? This depends on factors including an individual and their characteristics, as well as whether or not someone has a tolerance to opioids like OxyContin.

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.

OxyContin 10 mg vs. Percocet 10 mg

Are there similarities or differences when comparing OxyContin 10 mg vs. Percocet 10 mg?

First, OxyContin and Percocet are both brand-name drugs with the opioid component oxycodone. OxyContin 10 mg only contains oxycodone, however, but Percocet is a combination drug that contains oxycodone and acetaminophen.

If someone is taking Percocet, it’s important to be aware of the risks of acetaminophen if too much is taken. Too much acetaminophen can lead to liver damage, as well as acute liver failure.

OxyContin 10 mg vs. Percocet 10 mg 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 between these two drugs as well. OxyContin 10 mg is less potent than Percocet 10 mg, because 10 mg is the lowest available dosage of OxyContin, while it’s the highest content of oxycodone in Percocet (the acetaminophen content is 325 mg).

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