As with any narcotic, it is possible to become addicted to OxyContin (oxycodone ER). Addiction is not the same as physical dependence (which is a predictable, physical response to long-term use of narcotics). Possible signs of addiction to this drug include secluded behavior, "doctor shopping," and unexplained changes in mood or behavior. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you are having problems with addiction or abuse.
OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription pain medication. It is a potent narcotic and an opioid (morphine-like) medication. OxyContin is a very effective pain medication that can be quite safe when used properly. However, it also has significant abuse potential. Healthcare providers and patients alike must take measures to make sure the medication is used to its fullest potential while minimizing the risks for addiction to OxyContin.
As with other narcotics, the body becomes physically dependent upon OxyContin. This is a predictable, physical response to long-term use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to physical changes that OxyContin causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms.
It is important to understand that physical dependence on OxyContin is not necessarily a sign of addiction, at least in the sense that most people use the term. Even people taking OxyContin responsibly for a legitimate medical purpose will become physically dependent on the drug.