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Signs of OxyContin Abuse

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription narcotic medication used for treating moderate to severe pain. Although it is a very effective pain medication, OxyContin 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.
Friends and family can keep an eye out for other signs of addiction with OxyContin, such as:
  • Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
  • Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
  • An unexplainable lack of money
  • Changes in social circles, such as abandoning good friends and replacing them with new ones
  • Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors.
Healthcare providers will also look out for signs that someone is abusing OxyContin, such as:
  • Going through an OxyContin prescription too quickly.
  • "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain numerous OxyContin prescriptions or switching from one provider to another.
  • Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
(Click OxyContin Addiction to learn more about the possible signs of abuse and for information on how physical dependence is different from addiction to a narcotic drug.)
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