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Oxycontin Side Effects Side Effects
OxyContin, especially when chewed or snorted lowers a person's respiration rate. Each person is different, but as little as half a pill when combined with alcohol or other depressants can lower your respiratory system enough to be deadly. Excessive amounts of OxyContin taken alone or combined with a long list of other medications can also easily kill a person by lowering their respiration until they eventually stop breathing. The most dangerous side effect is overdosing.

Symptoms of an overdose from OxyContin are:

  • slow breathing
  • seizures
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • anorexia
  • dry mouth
  • weakness
  • loss of consciousness
  • coma
  • confusion
  • tiredness
  • cold and clammy skin
  • small pupils

  • A drug known as naltrexone is capable of restoring respiratory function within 1 to 2 minutes. This is important when counter acting the side effects of OxyContin. It is used primarily for the treatment of narcotic addiction to block the effects of opiates, especially the euphoric effects experienced in opiate addiction.

    Some side effects are more uncommon and are not clearly displayed in all individuals:
  • excessive itching
  • sleepiness
  • profuse sweating
  • headaches
  • distant look
  • slurred speech

  • OxyContin's side effects vary in degree. When the pill is broken or crushed it will release a toxic amount of oxycontin increasing the potency of its effects, and side effects. This can cause OxyContin to be deadly.
    • Drug Facts
    • OxyContin has no limit to its effectiveness. Other analgesics, like aspirin or acetaminophen, have a threshold to their effectiveness.
    • In some OxyContin merely suppresses pain, in others respiration can be seriously impaired, or a feeling of euphoria may occur.
    • A plaintiffs group in Washington, D.C., has filed a $5.2 billion lawsuit against Purdue Pharma LP and Abbott Laboratories Inc. charging the drug companies with allegedly failing to warn patients the painkiller OxyContin is dangerously addictive.
    • OxyContin is the brand name for the time-release tablet form of oxycondon, an opium derivative similar to codeine but more powerful and more likely to be addictive.
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