OxyContin vs. Oxycodone

OxyContin and Oxycodone are two drugs that are often abused in Colorado. There are some minor differences between the two drugs and how they are used, which can impact how they are abused and the treatment needed to overcome addiction.

How Are OxyContin and Oxycodone Similar?

Both of these drugs are opioids that people take to relieve and manage severe pain. When taken, the drugs bond with opioid receptors so that your brain cannot perceive the pain that your body is in because of a medical condition like an injury or recent surgery.

Both of these drugs also release dopamine that makes you feel good or even high, depending on the dose. They also depress the respiratory system, which can make your breathing slow down. If breathing slows down too much, it can cause you to stop breathing, which is very dangerous. Using the proper dose should prevent this from happening.

Side effects of both of these drugs can include dizziness, weakness, mood changes, fainting, hallucinations, confusion, or seizures. Oxycodone is actually the active ingredient in OxyContin, which is time-released to provide pain relief for 12 hours instead of the four to six hours provided by generic oxycodone.

Abusing these two drugs gives you a high similar to heroin, which is also an opioid. It is possible to overdose from both oxycodone and OxyContin; these drugs are responsible for a significant number of opioid overdoses.

Differences Between OxyContin and Oxycodone

Although the active ingredients in both of these drugs are the same, their effects are different. Oxycodone is taken every 4 to 6 hours and is usually given at a lower dose than OxyContin, which is only given every 12 hours because of being time-released.

The time-release feature of OxyContin makes it more difficult to abuse, at least in its original form. Abusers have found a way around this, however, by crushing the pills and injecting or snorting them, which gives a high similar to heroin. OxyContin is now the most abused opioid drug because it is usually available at a higher dosage than oxycodone.

Another difference between the two drugs is that oxycodone is often combined with other medications like acetaminophen to increase its effectiveness, and these additional medications can cause other side effects in addition to the ones from the active ingredient. Acetominophen, for example, can cause stomach bleeding and can exacerbate the respiratory effects of oxycodone at high doses.

Treatment for oxycodone and Oxycontin abuse is similar to treatment for heroin abuse, with the added caveat that abusers will need to avoid these painkillers in the future, which may make pain management more difficult. Recovery Village at Palmer Lake offers treatment programs for oxycodone and Oxycontin addiction that are personalized to each client’s needs. Learn about admissions and the options for treatment for oxycodone and OxyContin addiction by contacting us today.

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