What does OxyContin do? What does it look like? Is there an OxyContin pink pill? These are all common questions that will be discussed below, along with an overview of OxyContin in general.
Since OxyContin is time-release, this means that when someone takes it, they don’t feel all of the effects at one time. Instead, the drug is slowly released into their bloodstream over a period of about 12 hours or so, giving them around-the-clock pain relief. This is in contrast to immediate-release opioids, which as the name implies, take effect shortly after someone ingests them, and last only a few hours.
OxyContin is most often given to patients with pain from conditions like cancer, and typically only if they’re opioid-tolerant, meaning their pain is severe and they already have a tolerance to other opioids. This reduces the risks of scenarios like an overdose occurring.
When someone takes OxyContin or other opioids, it changes how their body senses pain and increases their tolerance for pain. This occurs because the oxycodone, which is the active ingredient of OxyContin, binds to certain receptors in the central nervous system. It changes pain tolerance, but at the same time it also slows down brain activity and activity of the central nervous system. This can lead to mild symptoms, but also severe ones, including death because of respiratory depression.
For the most part, if someone takes OxyContin as prescribed for the treatment of severe pain, they’re not going to feel a euphoric high. However it is possible.
Opioids do cause people to feel euphoria, which is why they’re controlled substances and incredibly addictive. With OxyContin, the time-release element of the drug reduces this, but some people have found other ways to abuse it.
For example, people may crush OxyContin tablets and snort them, or even dissolve them in water and inject them. This is especially dangerous with a time-release drug because there is a lot of oxycodone in it, and it’s very potent when it’s not taken in a way that allows it to release slowly into the system of the user.
First, if you suspect a loved one is abusing OxyContin, it can be helpful to know what it looks like, as you try to spot the signs of opioid use. Also, you don’t want to have these medications in places where children or family members could get to them.
So, is OxyContin pink? Is there an OxyContin pink pill?
First and foremost, people wonder if a pink OxyContin is 10 mg and it’s not. OxyContin pink pills are 20 mg. OxyContin 10 mg is white, OxyContin 40 mg is yellow, and OxyContin 80 mg is green.
OxyContin 15 mg is gray, 30 mg is brown, and 60 mg is red. All of the brand name OxyContin pills are printed with the dosage number on one side and OC on the other.
So, to answer the question of whether or not the pink OxyContin is 10 mg, no it’s not. The OxyContin pink pill is 20 mg.
Anything in a dose above 40 mg is particularly powerful and definitely only intended for use in opioid-tolerant patients.
Otherwise, if a patient who’s not opioid-tolerant takes a high dose of OxyContin, it may result in breathing problems, respiratory depression or death.
When taking an OxyContin pink pill or any other dosage, the effects last around 12 hours, and someone should only take a maximum of two doses in a 24-hour period. If someone were to take immediate-release versions of oxycodone, on the other hand, peak levels of effectiveness would occur within about 30 minutes after taking it, and effects would be felt for three to six hours. Immediate-release oxycodone can be taken every four to six hours as needed.
Some of the side effects of an OxyContin pink pill or any other dose of the drug can include nausea, vomiting, itching, drowsiness, and sedation. There can also be severe side effects, such as changes in breathing and heart rhythm, and these need to be discussed with a physician right away.
You should always be aware of what OxyContin looks like and what the doses are because while it is a powerful pain reliever, it has serious side effects that can ultimately end in death if it’s used improperly.
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