Do you remember Dr. House, from the television series? Surely yes. It is one of the most watched series in history, and House is one of the most recognized characters. And House had a feature that we are going to address today: Its oxycodone or vicodin addiction.
- 1 What exactly is oxycodone or Vicodine?
- 2 What effects does oxycodone or Vicodine have?
- 3 Oxycodone side effects
- 4 What are the consequences of oxycodone addiction?
What exactly is oxycodone or Vicodine?
As we said, if you've seen Dr. House's series, you probably know, even if it's heard, Vicodina. Oxycodone is the active substance in Vicodine (Vicodine being the name of the product, just as acetylsalicylic acid is the active substance in Aspirin).
And ... What exactly is oxycodone? Well, it's just a opiate. That is, a substance derived from opium, as are the heroin or morphine. Only with that, you can already get the idea of the power of a drug like this.
However, oxycodone, precisely because of that level of power it has, is not usually within the reach of mortals. They are in the hands of doctors and pharmacists, and subject to important controls.
That is why it is relatively difficult to find it outside of those environments. However, in those environments it does circulate with relative ease ... And that is the reason why Oxycodone is one of the main drugs that doctors get hooked on.
What effects does oxycodone or Vicodine have?
Oxycodone is therefore a fairly strong drug. The opiates, after all, they are the most potent drugs there are, and more when they are the product of a large number of laboratory processes (opium smoking is not the same as taking a pill with its active substance extracted and concentrated).
Usually, What is sought when taking oxycodone is to reduce and relieve suffering (Not pain, because, as Antonio Escohotado says, suffering is the anticipation of pain - the psychological part of pain - and that is where the calming drugs act).
Normally, when you consume the pill in a normal way, the active substance is gradually released, allowing you to gradually reduce and relieve pain and in a way that the body assimilates with relative ease.
However, when there is an addiction to Vicodin, it tends to abuse, and that gradual release is not desired. That is why addicts crush the pill and inhale or inject it, eliminating the slow-release mechanism.
Thus, what you get is the same effect that should be received over 12 hours in just a few seconds. The result? Effects very similar to those that can be obtained through heroin.
Returning to Dr. House: Think of those chapters that highlighted the effects of Vicodina in House. And he consumed it in a "normal" way. Well, multiply that by 1000, and you can get an idea of what oxycodone abuse implies.
Oxycodone side effects
- Pain reduction
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Stomach ache
- Breathing difficulty
- Loss of consciousness
What consequences does oxycodone addiction have?
Beyond the obvious consequences of any other addiction (difficulty to continue leading a normal life, physiological problems linked to abuse, potential abstinence syndrome when you don't have access to the drug, etc.), Vicodin addiction has characteristic consequences.
You have to keep in mind that, as we have been saying, oxycodone is used as a drug. That is, there are people who use this drug because they are prescribed by the doctor. What is the problem? Than many of those people, Throughout the treatment, they become drug dependent.
It is what is known as iatrogenesis, a harm that the doctor causes when trying to solve a problem. To reduce the pain a person suffers, he ends up turning that person into a drug addict who prescribes it.
As an interesting fact, it is the same thing that happened with the morphine before the widespread prohibition of drugs in the early twentieth century.
But, back to the topic: What is the problem and the possible particular consequences of getting hooked on oxycodone? Well, the same as getting hooked on any other drug: That your addiction can last longer than the treatment.
That is, you may end the treatment for which you have been prescribed oxycodone, but you still have the need to have to consume. But the doctor will no longer prescribe you more oxycodone. And what will you have to do? Go to the street, looking for illegal oxycodone or, in the worst case, other opioid substitutes for oxycodone (such as heroin).
Unfortunately, even celebrities have fallen into their networks, in fact, the singer and actress Demi Lobato She has recognized herself as a consumer of this substance and has had to be admitted because she is about to lose her life due to an overdose.
Therefore, the particular problem of relying on Vicodin is that it can lead to serious health problems, marginal environments and to look for other harder drugs for the impossibility of legally obtaining the drug you were using.
As you can see, the oxycodone or vicodin addiction It is quite frequent among doctors. And yet, it is not a "mild" drug, let's say. That is why it is convenient to know and treat it in an informed way.