Xtampza ER – FAQ

Xtampza ER is an extended-release formulation of oxycodone that is prescribed for the management of severe pain requiring long-term, daily, and around-the-clock treatment with an opioid when other forms of medication have not worked. Because it is an opioid, it is a Class II drug according to the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) – meaning that it has the potential for abuse and addiction. However, the formulation has been created specifically to make Xtampza ER less likely to be adulterated for recreational abuse purposes and it is marketed as an abuse-deterrent opioid.

According to Collegium, the manufacturer, crushing the capsules does not compromise the extended-release properties of Xtampza ER. Recreational users often crush opioid-based tablets, so they can ingest the drug either by inhaling or mixing it with water and injecting it. The modification typically acts on the time-release mechanism of the drug and allows the abuser to achieve a very rapid “high” with effects similar to those attained from heroin use.

Regardless of its anti-abuse properties, there is still the ability to misuse Xtampza ER. Changing the amount of dosing or taking the drug more frequently counts towards this abuse for either a prescription user or a street user. As they do this, the body will build up a tolerance to the drug, requiring more to be taken to achieve the same effects, and this then becomes a dependency on the drug. With Xtampza ER or any other opioid, once a dependency level has taken place, so too has an addiction.

Xtampza ER misuse can be highly problematic. If you need to learn more about this drug and what can be done to stop the misuse, check out our frequently asked questions or contact The Recovery Village via our toll-free hotline to learn about treatment options.

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