What is oxycodone?

Oxycodone is an opiate with some synthetic properties that is used in the treatment of pain. As one of a group of drugs in the narcotic pain reliever category, oxycodone is used to treat mild to severe pain, in the same way as morphine. Its use is highly regulated due to its addictive properties, and it should only be used by those under the direct care of a physician. Oxycodone is often sold under the brand name OxyContin™.

The most common use of oxycodone is for treatment after surgery when the use of other drugs is ineffective. In general, however, the drug is only given to those who were also using it before surgery for pain control. Oxycodone provides nearly 24-hour relief before another dose is needed, making it a convenient option for those patients who need pain relief. It is available as a prescription drug at a pharmacy and can therefore be taken home to treat the pain there.

Given how powerful the drug is, it is considered one of the best pain relievers on the market. Often in pill form, it can also be mixed with other pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or aspirin. Together, the drugs do a very good job of relieving patients of their pain.

However, oxycodone is not without its problems. It has great potential for abuse due to its effectiveness, but also because it can raise dopamine levels in the body, which is linked to pleasure. In this way, it is like heroin. In fact, those who are addicted to heroin may turn to oxycodone and other alternative opiates when heroin is not available.

There are several ways this medicine can be used in addition to its original purpose. The pill can be crushed and then inhaled. It can be chewed and swallowed. Also, it can be ground into a powder, mixed with water, and injected. This allows users to bypass the mechanism that controls drug release in the body over time, providing a big jolt all at once. Use of the drug in any of these forms is illegal in many jurisdictions around the world, including the United States.

Those who feel that they may be addicted or dependent on the drug should see their doctor as soon as possible. Oxycodone addiction can become a serious problem. Once addiction is fueled, it becomes harder to break and addicts become more susceptible to overdose, which can lead to a host of health problems, including fatal cardiac arrest.

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