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oxycodone health risksThe health risks associated with taking painkillers like oxycodone can begin long before the abuse stage. During oxycodone addiction, both chronic and acute health can create life-threatening issues and oxycodone overdose is always a risk.

Though oxycodone rehab is the best way to prevent oxycodone addiction-related health problems, it can’t always reverse the damage that has been done. In most cases, acute problems that are associated with being under the influence of oxycodone will stop when the patient stops taking the drug in treatment. The progress of chronic health problems, however, may be slowed during treatment and, over time, managed and/or slowly reversed.

If you would like to learn more about our oxycodone addiction treatment program here at Michael’s House, contact us today at 760.548.4032. We can help you avoid further health risks due to oxycodone addiction.

Oxycodone Addiction Health Risks: Oxycodone Overdose

Perhaps one of the biggest health concerns when oxycodone addiction is an issue is the risk of a possible oxycodone overdose. Often accidental, many who take the prescription drug regularly may take their doses too close together or mix the painkiller with alcohol or other drugs and inadvertently experience a drug overdose. Even the most seasoned users are at risk; it's not just new users who accidentally take too much of the drug. Body chemistry changes over time, underlying medical disorders develop and cause complications - patients never know when their regular dose will become an overdose amount.

Acute Health Risks and Oxycodone Addiction

When a patient takes oxycodone, many experience a number of different health side effects, even when the drug is taken as prescribed.

Some of the most common include:

  • Nausea
  • vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

These health issues can affect your life at home and at work if they are serious enough to interfere with your ability to function.

More serious acute side effects of an oxycodone dose:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Shallow breathing
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Slow pulse
  • Confusion
  • Passing out
  • Seizures

Chronic Health Risks and Oxycodone Addiction

With constant and repeated use, oxycodone addiction can result in serious, chronic health problems. Because oxycodone is a toxin, the body has a difficult time processing it in large amounts or on a regular basis. During oxycodone addiction, liver and kidney function can begin to falter leading to failure and/or liver and kidney diseases. Because oxycodone is a sedative, it can also have an adverse effect on the respiratory system, causing respiratory ailments and other problems. Other chronic issues like heart disease and other cardiac problems are also not uncommon when oxycodone addiction is an issue.

Oxycodone Addiction Treatment at Michael's House

Michael's House is located in Palm Springs, California, and offers a dual approach to oxycodone addiction. Through both a long-term inpatient oxycodone rehab program Michael's House offers everything that patients need to heal from oxycodone addiction. Call us now at 760.548.4032 for more information.