It is important to know that addiction is possible when taking oxycodone. Healthcare providers who prescribe this medication watch for certain signs of addiction, such as "doctor shopping," going through prescriptions too quickly, and repeated reports of losing a prescription. Other possible signs of addiction include secluded behavior, changes in social circles, and an unexplainable lack of money.
An Overview of Oxycodone AddictionOxycodone hydrochloride is a potent narcotic, opioid (morphine-like) medication. It has significant potential for abuse and addiction. However, oxycodone is also an important pain medication that can be quite effective and safe when used properly. Patients and healthcare providers alike must take measures to make sure the medication is used to its fullest potential while minimizing the risks for addiction to oxycodone.
Addiction Versus Physical DependenceAs with other narcotics, the body becomes physically dependent upon oxycodone. However, physical dependence is not necessarily a sign of abuse or addiction; it is a predictable, physical response to long-term use of the narcotic. The body becomes accustomed to physical changes that oxycodone causes, and stopping the drug will lead to withdrawal symptoms.
Physical dependence on oxycodone is not necessarily a sign of addiction, at least in the sense that most people use the term. Even people taking oxycodone responsibly for a legitimate medical purpose will become physically dependent on oxycodone.