Getting on Your Nerves (Literally): How Opioids Work
Opioids interact with many parts of the body, from single nerve cell receptors to the entire brain, but how exactly do opioids work?
OxyContin is the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, a prescription opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. Unfortunately, individuals of all ages currently abuse OxyContin and those who take it as prescribed risk becoming dependent on the drug. OxyContin can be easy to identify because it is a brand name rather than a generic drug, often featuring an imprint on each individual tablet. Other names for OxyContin include:
OxyContin is only available through prescription and should never be taken by someone who has not been prescribed by a healthcare professional. You can usually identify OxyContin by reading the label on the prescription bottle, as it uses the brand name. OxyContin is bottled and labeled either OxyContin or Oxycodone Hydrochloride. It is important to always read the label before taking any prescription drugs.
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OxyContin is most commonly prescribed as a tablet. This prescription opioid is available in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, 80mg, and 160mg doses. You can usually identify OxyContin by the imprint featured on the pills. The tablets are usually round but vary in color and size according to dosage. Tablets are imprinted with the letters OC or OP on one side and the number of milligrams on the opposite side.
OxyContin tablets are designed to be swallowed whole due to their controlled-release feature. When this drug is abused, users will often crush it in order to bypass the controlled-release factor, allowing a quick and intense effect. It can be difficult to identify OxyContin once it’s been crushed to be snorted or dissolved in water and injected. This practice is dangerous and can lead to overdosing on OxyContin’s active ingredient, oxycodone. Although not as common, OxyContin may also come in capsule or liquid form.
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