When taken as prescribed, OxyContin is safe. However, when it is taken in other ways, the OxyContin effects can be very dangerous. This drug contains oxycodone, which is an opioid drug, like morphine, codeine, heroin, and methadone. Oxycodone is the same opioid that is in similar prescription drugs that go by the brand names of Percocet, Oxycocet and Endocet.
OxyContin is a central nervous system depressant that relieves pain and induces sleep. It produces a dreamlike state of warmth and well-being. It may also cause constricted pupils, nausea, and respiratory depression. In extreme cases, respiratory depression caused by OxyContin effects may result in death.
Problems with this drug start when people looking for a “rush” are able to get around OxyContin’s time-release mechanism. They often crush or chew the pill to bypass the controlled release of the drug. When OxyContin is crushed or chewed, all the oxycodone is released at once, as happens with Percocet. But with OxyContin, there is much more oxycodone, and no acetaminophen to make you sick if you take a lot.
OxyContin effects activate brain regions that produce euphoric sensations as well as physical dependence. This drug is notorious for its ability to produce both psychological and physical addiction. OxyContin’s addictiveness is characterized by persistent craving for the drug, tolerance (the need for larger and larger doses to get the same results), and painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
When you take OxyContin without a prescription or not as prescribed, OxyContin effects could include: