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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
    • In April 2002, the US Drug Enforcement Agency reported that OxyContin has been implicated as the direct cause of main contributing factor in 146 deaths and a likely contributor in an additional 318 deaths. Based on their findings, only nine of the reporte
    • The DEA says it's only a matter of time before every community in this Country is confronted with the problem of OxyContin abuse.
    • OxyContin activates brain regions that produce euphoric sensations as well as physical dependence.
    • The number of persons reporting use of OxyContin for non-medical purposes at least once in their lifetime increased from 221,000 in 1999 to 399,000 in 2000 to 957,000 in 2001.
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