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Oxycontin & Weight Loss

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author image Jenna Cee
Jenna Cee has been writing professionally since 2006. Her articles appear on 2Athletes.com and Women's Fitness Online. She is a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and as a fitness and sports nutritionist through the International Sports Sciences Association. Cee holds a Master of Science in human nutrition from Washington State University.
Oxycontin & Weight Loss
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Oxycontin is a narcotic pain reliever that is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain according to Drugs.com. It is similar to oxycodone, but differs because it is extended time release medication. Oxycontin is a powerful narcotic opiate that has a high potential for abuse. Oxycontin can cause you to lose weight because of its effect on your appetite and digestion. Please discuss Oxycontin with your doctor and pharmacist before you take this medication.

Appetite Suppression

Oxycontin can cause you to lose your appetite according to Drugs.com. This appetite suppression can cause you to lose weight. Since Oxycontin is an extended-release medication that last for 12 to 24 hours, the appetite suppression side effects can last for a longer period of time than other immediate release narcotics such as oxycodone or hydrocodone. Furthermore, Oxycontin is often prescribed for very serious injuries that may require substantial recovery time and require an extended period of time on the medication. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports that people addicted to Oxycontin can experience an "extreme loss of appetite and weight."

Withdrawal Can Cause Weight Loss

Oxycontin, if abused or even if used for an extended period of time, can cause withdrawal symptoms that can cause you to lose weight. According to Harvard University Medical School, withdrawal symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. During this withdrawal period, you can lose fluid from your body and may be unable to eat. This can cause a significant amount of weight loss. The extreme fatigue and lack of motivation during opiate withdrawal can also cause you to miss meals. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, restricting your calories by 500 a day over the course of a week will cause you to lose 1 lb.

Digestive Problems

Oxycontin, even when used as directed, can cause you to experience digestive problems such as an upset stomach and constipation. These digestive side effects can discourage you from eating. Oxycontin, like other opiates, suppresses your central nervous system and can significantly slow down your digestion. This is especially true if you do not have a tolerance to Oxycontin or other narcotic opiates. The John's Hopkins School of medicine confirms this and explains that this is why many patients are instructed to take laxatives while taking opiates such as Oxycontin. Please talk to you doctor if you are experiences any of these side effects.

Serious Warning

Oxycontin is not to be used for weight loss or appetite suppression. It should only be used as directed for pain relieving purposes. Overdoses of Oxycontin can result in respiratory depression which can cause death. Over time, even if you are using it as directed, you can develop a tolerance to this medication. According to Bryn Mawr College, the effects of Oxycontin are nearly identical to the effects of heroin. You are greatly encouraged to seek help if you become addicted to this medication.

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