Oxycontin 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
  • The 80 mg dose is reserved for those patients who are tolerant to opiates.
  • OxyContin was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995. It was developed to treat chronic, moderate to severe pain. Designed as an oral medication, it was intended for absorption over a 12-hour time span.
  • Reliable strength, potential prescription cost coverage, and significant profit potential make OxyContin attractive to both illicit distributors and abusers.
  • OxyContin activates brain regions that produce euphoric sensations as well as physical dependence.
  • An added abuse of prescription oxycodone is passed on to chronic pain sufferers who have experienced marked relief from the drug. As a consequence of extremely tight controls in some areas physicians have hesitated prescribing it to patients.