Oxycontin is both a miracle drug and the Devil’s drug rolled into the same pill. If you REALLY need it, it works. But it WILL addict you! In as little as a week! I had horrible pain from adult croup a few years ago, and in the hospital, amongst large doses of IV steroids and other drugs, I was given frequent, fairly large doses of IM morphine to control the pain.
There was no desire to continue the morphine at all when I left the hospital, but I was given Oxycontin to take home with me for the residual pain. After 4 days of taking it, I found myself “needing” to take it even though the pain had pretty much gone away. I realized what was happening and instantly stopped, but the cravings (fortunately only mild at this stage) took a few days to go away. Scary, scary, drug, Oxycontin is.
I’m sort of lucky. If I take any opiod for a week or so, the only effect is a splitting headace and I don’t seem to get a craving at all. On the other hand, aspirin works on me better than opiods, like magic. Better than Oxycontin, which I found rather lame.