Oxycodone is one of the most addictive prescription drugs as it produces feelings of euphoria when taken. As such, withdrawal from oxycodone can be incredibly intense. Without proper medical care, oxycodone addiction can prove to be fatal.
In most cases of oxycodone addiction, the individual must be treated in an inpatient treatment facility. This is due to the fact that the individual should be carefully monitored by medical professionals to ensure that any life-threatening symptoms are properly treated. One such method is using medication to treat these symptoms.
Medications for Oxycodone Withdrawal
To ensure proper recovery and healthy detox, individuals overcoming oxycodone addiction should undergo a medically supervised detox. During this process, the medical staff will prescribe certain medication as needed to help with the withdrawal.
The following options are the most widely used medications for oxycodone addiction:
- Methadone Initially used as a medication to treat heroin addiction, methadone has proven to be useful in treating oxycodone addiction as well. Methadone works to block the body’s receptors from accepting oxycodone. However, be wary of using methadone in recovery as it is highly addictive as well, though it isn’t derived from opium (as is the case with oxycodone).
- Suboxone contains both naloxone and buprenorphine. This combination helps to treat oxycodone withdrawal symptoms. In comparison to methadone, suboxone is thought of as the superior substitute in treating oxycodone addiction.
- Buprenorphine binds strongly to the body’s opioid receptors. This binding lasts for about 24 hours. Essentially, buprenorphine works to block the effects of the oxycodone.
- Naltrexone Used to help prevent relapse, naltrexone works to antagonize the body’s opioid receptors. Ultimately, this medicine blocks the sedative and euphoric effects of oxycodone.
Symptoms of Oxycodone Withdrawal
While some people may be under the impression that they can break an oxycodone addiction with no medical help, this is a dangerous belief. Symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal are often incredibly painful and the side-effects and cravings during withdrawal are often life-threatening. The following symptoms are common during withdrawal from oxycodone:
- Muscle tremors
- Vomiting and nausea
- Increased blood pressure
- Chills and sweating
- Flu-like symptoms
- Thoughts of suicide
While these symptoms may seem manageable, the cravings for oxycodone are stronger than most people imagine, in addition to overwhelmingly sick feelings. Thus, it’s best to seek medical treatment when breaking your oxycodone addiction.
What Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction Looks Like
Once you’ve made the decision to seek medical treatment for your oxycodone addiction at a treatment facility, you’ll receive a customized plan for treatment.
In the detox program, you’ll receive medical care to help you through the side effects. The aforementioned medications may be used to suppress symptoms and control urges for oxycodone. In most cases, doctors will use suboxone or Subutex to reduce cravings and limit the effects of substance use in the event of a relapse.
As inpatient rehab therapy is the most common treatment option for recovering oxycodone users, you’ll benefit from everything else the treatment facility has to offer. In addition to this medical care during your time in treatment, you will receive counseling to help you develop coping methods and allow you to form a stronger support system.
Signs of Oxycodone Addiction
Addiction to oxycodone can be difficult to recognize for everyone involved–especially the person that is experiencing the addiction. As oxycodone is typically prescribed as a painkiller, many individuals don’t start out using oxycodone in order to abuse it. Oftentimes, they are simply following their doctor’s instruction.
Over time, an individual can build up a tolerance to oxycodone, which results in them increasing their dosage. At this point, the desire to continue using the drug by any means necessary is often very apparent to others closest to the individual.
Consider the following signs of addiction to determine whether you or someone you love is addicted to oxycodone:
- Constricted pupils
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Low blood pressure
If you believe that you or a loved one are addicted to oxycodone, now is the time to talk about getting help. Just as overcoming oxycodone addiction on your own can be life-threatening, so is the continued use of the drug. Contact us today at 877-497-6180 to learn more about medications for treating oxycodone withdrawal, as well as to discuss your options for rehab.