OxyContin is a brand name of Oxycodone and it is the active ingredient of OxyContin. It was in 1995 that this brand was released in the market. People suffering from severe pain disorders are prescribed OxyContin, which is a prescription Schedule II drug.

Nowadays different forms of this drug are being manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies. Being a clinical medicine, OxyContin is a strong pain killer which has a time-release feature and covers a period of twelve hours. Since OxyContin is a prescription drug that cannot be legally obtained without a doctor’s medical recommendation, unauthorized possession of OxyContin is a criminal offence and leads to prosecution.

OxyContin affects the moods of users, which makes this prescription drug highly addictive. In the last ten years OxyContin usage has increased dramatically, leading to large-scale addiction.Though Oxys are more expensive than heroin, they provide a similar high to that of heroin. The difference is that heroin is an illegal drug, whereas OxyContin is a legal pharmaceutical drug that is supposed to be controlled.

With more and more people becoming addicted to OxyContin, illegal usage has increased as well. It’s not uncommon for dope pushers to have a supply of Oxys or Roxys on hand for easy distribution and generous profit.

OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms

Due to the highly addictive properties associated with OxyContin, people who have been prescribed often tend to become Oxy addicts. With frequent use, individuals become more tolerant to Oxys and with the increase in their tolerance level the doses increase. OxyContin abusers, apart from experiencing pain relief, also feel ecstatic.

Oxy withdrawal symptoms are similar to that of heroin. The most common symptoms are restlessness, anxiety, sweating, and sudden chills. They may also become irritable, experience pain and weakness, cramps in stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. In many cases abusers have reported high blood pressure, problems in their respiratory system and increased heart rate, etc.

It is actually the narcotic usage of OxyContin in high doses that can lead to serious consequences,  including death. Both OxyContin and alcohol suppress the central nervous system when taken together the results are even more serious.

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