Oxycontin is prescribed to be taken every 12 hours because the tablets contain a controlled, time-release formulation of the medication. Oxycontin abusers remove the sustained-release coating to get a rapid release of the medication, causing a rush of euphoria, very much like heroin.

Common signs of Oxycontin addiction:

Physical Signs:

  • Red Around Nasal Passages
  • Nosebleeds (This drug is often crushed and snorted.)
  • Euphoria
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Dry Mouth
  • Hives
  • Fast Or Slow Heartbeat

Behavioral Signs:

  • Job Loss
  • Relationship Problems
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Frequent Tardiness Or Absence From Work
  • Debt Or Money Problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Short Temper
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Hallucination
  • Confusion