What Do OxyContin Pills Look Like?
What do oxycontin pills look like? If this is a question you’ve ever had, you’re not alone. OxyContin is a powerful drug that’s often at the heart of discussions about the opioid epidemic ravaging much of the U.S. currently.
This prescription opioid is so pervasive in terms of abuse and addiction that it has many nicknames including “Hillbilly Heroin.”
Learning how to identify it can be important if you fear you have a loved one who’s abusing it, or you want to make sure you don’t keep drugs like this in your house, around vulnerable people who could potentially take them, purposely or accidentally.
The following provides an overview of what OxyContin is, how it works and also answers “what do OxyContin pills look like.”
OxyContin is extended-release. This means that when someone takes it, they don’t have a peak level of effects that occur shortly thereafter, as would happen with an immediate-release opioid. Instead, the drug lasts for around 12 hours, and the effects are gradually felt. This is why it’s an around-the-clock pain medicine.
It does make it theoretically more difficult to abuse OxyContin because if you take it as directed, you’re not going to feel that euphoric rush you would with an immediate-release drug. Unfortunately, that concept doesn’t necessarily prevent people from abusing OxyContin to get high.
They often crush it and either snort it or dissolve it so they can inject it. This is extremely dangerous because OxyContin has such a high amount of oxycodone and is so powerful when it’s used like this.
OxyContin works like other opioid pain relievers, by binding to certain receptors in the central nervous system.
When OxyContin binds to those receptors, it changes the person’s tolerance to pain, which ultimately helps them feel less pain, although the pain isn’t necessarily eliminated. This is helpful in a medical setting, particularly when a patient doesn’t get pain relief from other medicines, but there are risks and side effects to be aware of.
For example, opioids like OxyContin can depress the respiratory system and lead to sedation, which can then cause an overdose to occur. That’s why it’s so important for people to only use OxyContin as prescribed and directed.
Other side effects of OxyContin can include addiction and physical dependence, nausea, dizziness, feeling lightheaded, vomiting, constipation and dry mouth.
The starting dosage for OxyContin usually starts at 10 mg to be taken every 12 hours. Extended-release OxyContin should never be broken, crushed or chewed because it can lead to dangerous levels of oxycodone entering the bloodstream.
The following provides an overview of what different doses of brand name OxyContin pills look like. It should also be noted that OxyContin is available in a liquid form, but it’s most often used in tablet form.
- OxyContin 10 mg is a white, round pill printed with an OC on one side and a 10 on the other
- OxyContin 20 mg is a round, pink pill printed with an OC on one side and a 20 on the other
- Oxycontin 40 mg is a round, yellow pill printed with an OC on one side and a 40 on the other
- OxyContin 80 mg is a round, green pill printed with an OC on one side and an 80 on the other
- OxyContin 160 mg is a blue elliptical shaped pill printed with OC on one side and 160 on the other
There is also a 15 mg pill which is gray, round and printed with OC and 15 on the other side, a brown, round 30 mg tablet printed with OC and 30 on the other side, and a round, red tablet printed with 60 on one side and OC on the other.
What do generic OxyContin pills look like?
Generic OxyContin is called oxycodone hydrochloride, and they can have different appearances based on the manufacturer, but usually, they are small and round, with the dosage printed on one side. They are frequently scored, and they can vary in color with common colors including white and blue. They may also be printed with different letters on one side, depending on the manufacturer.
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