The pleasure of the initial effects is far outweighed by OxyContin long term effects. Those who take Oxy for a long time experience harsh side effects, most of which are mental and emotional. An OxyContin addict can expect a very short period of time being high, followed by hours of experiencing the long term effects. While the physical effects of long term use may be few, they are extremely dangerous.
Since Oxycontin affects the central nervous system, major organs, including the heart and lungs will be affected with long term use. Another common symptom of long term Oxy use is constipation. Severe constipation can lead to and impacted bowel, and even death. Even in the less severe instance, it can be, and is very uncomfortable. A tolerance to
OxyContin may also occur, in which case the user must consume more of the drug in order to achieve pain relief. Taking more of the drug than is prescribed is not only dangerous, it is also a sign of addiction.
A disturbing psychological long term effect of Oxy is the anxiety and sometimes violent behavior. Again, this is seen primarily in those who have become addicted, and are experienced when they run out of the drug. Studies continue on the actual damage to the brain and psyche with long term Oxy use. The lungs may also be affected, since the use of OxyContin shallows breathing, so in long term use, it can reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the brain.
Long term side effects of Oxy, even for therapeutic use can lead to addiction. This is a result not only of having to increase the amount of the drug to relieve pain, but also coming to miss the euphoric “high” that comes along with Oxy use. Since the use and abuse of OxyContin has skyrocketed in the last 10 years, many of the long term effects are yet unknown. These effects will become all too clear as people age and the damage can be clearly diagnosed.
Now, that being said, there are the lifestyle long term side effects of Oxy. Most OxyContin addicts will in many cases all but destroy their family unit. Divorce, separation, domestic violence, and estrangement from family members all occur for long term Oxy users. Additionally, legal violations, court appearances, job loss, homelessness, and frequent illness can also be expected as an OxyContin long term side effect. OxyContin takes it’s toll when used long term.
If you know someone addicted to OxyContin, find out how you can help them by calling the Drug Rehab Center Narconon: toll free 1-877-782-7409