Oxycodone and Oxymorphone

Oxycodone and oxymorphone are opioid pain medications labelled as narcotics. They are pain-relievers similar to morphine, but more intensive. Oxycodone doesn’t actually eliminate pain, but instead works to increase pain tolerance. This decreases discomfort for moderate to high pain. Oxycodone is an extended-release drug and used on an as-needed basis. This type of pain reliever can be habit-forming, so it is important to take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Any deviation from the amount prescribed or method intake could lead to very serious side effects or even death. If you are addicted to oxycodone or oxymorphone, contact IntoTreatment today for immediate help.

The Oxycodone pill should be swallowed whole. Do not alter the pill by crushing it, breaking it, or opening. Fatal doses can occur. Do not take this drug combined with alcohol.

What is Oxycodone used for?

Oxycodone is used for alleviating moderate to severe pain, pain that requires around-the-clock, long-term treatment.

Oxycodone and Oxymorphone

Side Effects of Oxycodone

Side effects of oxycodone include, but are not limited to, nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, dry mouth, sweating, and mild itching. If any of these side effects become severe or you experience any of the following, talk to your doctor immediately:

  • infertility
  • seizure or convulsions
  • confusion, severe drowsiness
  • shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, cold, clammy skin
  • light headedness
What is Oxycodone

Oxycodone Abuse

Because it is a high-intensity, pain-killing drug, and because of the effects it produces (reacting with the nervous system like heroin or opium), oxycodone is unfortunately widely abused. Drug abusers will typically crush oxycodone tablets and ingest or snort it for a quicker effect. They also may dilute the powder with water and inject directly into the vein. These methods are extremely dangerous because the Oxycodone pill was designed for a long lasting extended-release, and because of the intensity of the drug, achieving a short-term release can be fatal. On the streets this drug may be known as:

  • Oxy – Short for oxycodone.
  • Hillbilly Heroin – Name for oxycodone stemming from the method of intake that requires crushing the pill to mix with water and injecting it with a syringe. Oxycodone has much of the same effects as heroin, but may be cheaper to purchase on the street. Hence, the origination of this name.
  • Cotton – Slang term for oxycodone. Shortened from oxycodone, to “codone,” to “cotton.”
  • Percs – Shortened term for the brand name drug Percocet."

What is Oxymorphone?

Oxymorphone is similar to an Oxycodone in that it is a narcotic opioid, a pain-reducing medication. It works a little different, however. Oxymorphone works a bit like a stronger form of morphine, used as an analgesic for moderate to severe pain."

What is Oxycodone Used For

What is Oxymorphone used for?

The medically approved use for Oxymorphone is for pre-surgery relaxation and as an as-needed painkiller. It comes in two types of tablets, immediate-release and extended-release, and also may be available as injections. Oxymorphone is a habit-forming drug, so it is important for users to limit themselves to the quantities and intake methods as prescribed by a doctor."

Side Effects of Oxymorphone

Users of oxymorphone may experience any of the following side effects (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Shortness of breath, weak or shallow breathing
  • Light-headedness
  • Chest pain, wheezing
  • Severe vomiting
  • Infertility
  • Nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite

Call your doctor if you are experiencing any of these side effects or notice any other irregularities.

Side Effects of Oxycodone

Oxymorphone Abuse

Unfortunately, because of the unique features and potentially addictive nature of oxymorphone, there are people who will intentionally abuse it for its powerful euphoric effects. Opioid abusers put themselves at risk by unapproved and dangerous methods and levels of intake of the drug. On the street, oxymorphone prescription pills are called some of the following:

  • Biscuits – Slang term for oxymorphone.
  • Blue heaven – Name for oxymorphone originating from the color of the pills (although the immediate-release tablets are pink and white).
  • Blues - Name for oxymorphone originating from the color of the pills (although the immediate-release tablets are pink and white).
  • Mrs. O – Shortened and slang term for oxymorphone.
  • The O Bomb – Short for oxymorphone.
  • Octagons – Name for oxymorphone originating from the shape of the tablets.
  • Stop Signs - Name for oxymorphone originating from the shape and color of the tablets.

If you or someone you know is dealing with one, or both of these addictions, please contact IntoTreatment today so we can begin your walk to recovery. These drugs are very dangerous if abused.

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