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Facts About OxyContin and Oxycodone

Do You Understand How These Drugs Can Affect Your Body?

OxyContin and oxycodone are some of the most dangerous opioids out there on the market today, and are responsible for tens of thousands of overdose deaths every year. Currently, hundreds of thousands of people are addicted to these drugs, and our staff here at Novus Detox Medical Centers believe that understanding just how these drugs can affect you is a key step towards fighting addiction and dependency.

A Few Facts About Oxycodone and OxyContin:

  • Oxycodone is a Schedule II drug, a classification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that means it has a high potential for abuse and can lead to severe physical and/or psychological dependence.
  • This drug only treats the symptoms patients face. Just like an anesthetic, it masks the pain but fails to address the underlying cause for that pain, allowing it to continue to get worse.
  • Oxycodone is basically the pharmaceutical-grade heroin. Its effects are so similar that many of us in the medical rehab community refer to it as legal heroin.
  • This opioid first entered the market under the brand name OxyContin in the 90’s, and was manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma – the company was charged with and pled guilty to misleading the public about the addictive effects of this drug, and agreed to pay an estimated $600 million in a settlement. Some of the company’s top executives, including its president, top lawyer, and former chief medical officer pled guilty to misbranding charges, and were fined an additional $34.5 million.
  • Oxycodone is one of the most common gateway drugs to heroin. We have worked with countless patients who only turned to the illegal option after the legal painkillers weren’t enough to satisfy their high, when their prescriptions ran out and their doctors refused to write them a new one, and in some cases took both at the same time.
  • People can overdose from taking even a single oxycodone pill. Sometimes it’s the first pill, sometimes it’s the 1,000th pill – it all depends on the specific genetic makeup and tolerance of the person taking it.
  • Someone taking oxycodone can become dependent on this drug incredibly quickly. In many cases, it only takes a single prescription to begin feeling the negative physical effects that can occur when you stop taking this drug.
  • With new information about just how devastating this drug is to countless Americans, many doctors have begun to recognize that it is not an appropriate form of treatment for many, or even most forms of pain.
  • In some cases, taking oxycodone can cause the user to suffer from opioid-induced hyperalgesia, a condition that makes the pain worse instead of reducing it as intended.

What Makes OxyContin Different Than Oxycodone?

OxyContin is a brand name form of oxycodone manufactured and distributed by the privately held pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma L.P. Oxycodone, the active ingredient in this drug, typically affects the user in one large dose, but OxyContin is designed to provide an extended-release form of this drug, allowing the user to receive smaller doses throughout the day without needing to take small doses every couple of hours. While the opioid is delivered to the user in smaller, theoretically safer doses, it can still be incredibly dangerous and cause an overdose. Taking any more than the prescribed amount can easily cause an overdose, and changing the dosage of this medication needs to be monitored in order to prevent this from occurring. On top of the danger, even though OxyContin delivers oxycodone differently than the generic form of this opioid, it can still cause the user to become addicted, even if it is used as prescribed.

Call our professional detox advisors at Novus Medical Detox Centers at (855) 464-8550 today to learn more about our treatment options and get started on your road to recovery!

Medical Detox Options For Oxycodone And OxyContin

The majority of people who become addicted to any form of this opioid will experience incredibly uncomfortable and often painful withdrawal symptoms, sometimes lasting as long as a month. Most people who attempt to withdraw from this drug on their own fail to complete the process, and start taking it again in order to stave off the withdrawal symptoms. That’s why so many people choose to seek professional help and enter a detox program like the ones we offer at Novus Medical Detox Centers. We have developed a program that helps people complete their detox program and move on with their lives free from the shackles of addiction. Not only is our program proven and effective, many of our patients say that they experienced minimal painful or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Oxycodone And OxyContin Treatment

Many people addicted to or dependent on OxyContin or oxycodone are not taking the drug to get high, but are simply taking it to stave off the pain of withdrawal. They don’t need to enter an intensive rehab program, but just need help breaking away from their addiction or dependence to resume their lives drug-free. People whose lives are dictated by these opioids, whether they continue taking them out of fear or out of a desire to reach that high, need help to recover and achieve a sustainable sobriety. If you or a loved one are looking to take that next step towards a drug-free future, our detox advisors here at Novus Detox Medical Centers are ready to help. Give us a call at (855) 464-8550 to discuss your treatment options today!


We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

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