While OxyContin is highly effective for easing pain, it also causes other effects. Many patients that take this medication say that they feel a sense of euphoria and just feel happier when they take it. For that reason, many people take more than the amount they are prescribed. Likewise, a great many people take OxyContin recreationally, meaning that they only take it to feel the euphoric effects that it offers.
The more a person takes OxyContin, the higher their tolerance becomes. This further compounds the addictive qualities of this drug, as well as the dangers that are associated it. In order to feel the effects, an individual will take more of the drug, which increases the dangerous side effects, and further enhances the cycle of abuse and addiction.
The negative effects of OxyContin can include:
- Mental confusion
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Decreased appetite
- Profuse sweating
- Slowed heartbeat
- Shallow breathing
Depending on the amount that a person has taken, the effects can become so severe that a heart attack, stroke, or even death can occur.
If you or someone you know is using OxyContin and experience any of the above symptoms, seeking immediate medical treatment is imperative.