Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic medication synthesized from opium-derived thebaine.

Oxycodone oral medications are generally prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain. Opioids are among the world’s oldest known drugs; the use of the opium poppy for its therapeutic benefits predates recorded history. The analgesic (painkiller) effects of opioids are due to decreased perception of pain, decreased reaction to pain as well as increased pain tolerance. Opioid dependence can develop with ongoing administration, leading to a withdrawal syndrome with abrupt discontinuation. Opioids are well known for their ability to produce a feeling of euphoria, motivating some to recreationally use opioids.

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Oxycodone, like other opioids, produces a heightened state of euphoria.

Withdrawal Symptoms:

There is a high risk of experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms if a patient discontinues oxycodone abruptly. Therefore therapy should be gradually discontinued rather than abruptly discontinued. People who use oxycodone in a hazardous or harmful fashion are at even higher risk of severe withdrawal symptoms as they tend to use higher than prescribed doses. The symptoms of oxycodone withdrawal are the same as for other opiate based painkillers and may include “anxiety, nausea, insomnia, muscle pain, muscle weakness, fevers, and other flu like symptoms.

Substance Classification:

Semi-synthetic opiod analgesic

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