Ways that OxyContin Can Cause Impaired Judgment
OxyContin is an opioid painkiller that is a narcotic given the way it works in the body. It is primarily used to treat pain that is expected to last a long time, so it comes as an extended-release medication, meaning it slowly releases its chemicals over time. OxyContin is not recommended for “as-needed” use, meaning people are not to pop a pill whenever they feel pain. Instead, this drug is intended for around-the-clock control, meaning someone only takes this drug under a scheduled timeframe. This drug is similar to morphine in the way it works and its potential for abuse, so users should seek professional help to quit abusing this powerful substance.
OxyContin Side Effects
OxyContin causes a variety of side effects. Some effects are mild and subside after a few days, but some last for quite some time. These long-term effects can be dangerous if the drug is being abused, meaning used in ways other than prescribed. The following side effects are common with OxyContin abuse:
- Drowsiness, headache, dizziness, tired feeling
- Stomach pain
- Constipation and loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Mild itching
Some more serious side effects of OxyContin include the following issues:
- Shallow breathing
- Slow heartbeat
- Cold, clammy skin
- Confusion or severe drowsiness
- Feeling lightheaded or like you might pass out
If you or a loved one experiences any of these more serious side effects of OxyContin, then stop using the medication and call your doctor right away.
OxyContin and Impaired Judgment
Because OxyContin can cause severe drowsiness, it often impairs judgment. When you or a loved one uses the drug, she may feel so sleepy that she cannot keep her head up or eyes open, which makes it almost impossible to make decisions. Impaired judgment can be compounded, because OxyContin can cause a loss of appetite that can unbalance blood sugar mood, and both of these problems also make it difficult to think straight. Using the drug in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed can make these symptoms even worse. OxyContin is highly addictive, so abusing it can quickly lead to addiction. Uncontrollable drug cravings, as well as becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug, can impair a person’s judgment, and these issues make it difficult to quit without professional help.
Find Help for OxyContin Addiction
OxyContin is a powerful painkiller that is highly addictive; if you or a loved one struggles with addiction, then our staff can help you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.