I know that suicide is a very difficult subject and extremely painful for those of us left behind.  I know it brings little solace but it is not as unique a tragedy as we might think.  Clear back in the year 2000 the World Health Organization estimated that there is one death by suicide in the world every 40 seconds, and one attempt every 3 seconds.

Why do people commit suicide?

Accidents:

  • Many are simply accidental deaths.  There are numerous ways a person can just accidentally go to far.    Pain medication or tranquilizers can leave the person in a state of confusion, and quite frankly  they may simply forget they have already taken more than one dose,  and overdose themselves unintentionally.  This is usually the case, especially when there is no note or indication of any trauma in their lives or thinking.
  • Some mix alcohol and medication which intensifies the effect exponentially.  Unbeknownst to them  mixtures such as alcohol and Xanax can quickly lead to full cardiac and respiratory arrest.
  • Those who are experienced drug users who may for example take heroin,  or other opiates may simply unknowingly take too strong of a dose over and beyond what their body is used to.   Their systems simply shut down as a result of an overload of chemicals entering their blood stream.   This is why we often hear sad tales of promising young celebrities for example, (but not the only ones of course), passing away in hotel rooms from drug overdose.  Unfamiliar with the area they are staying, they somehow are able to procure their drug of choice.  They simply do not realize that once obtained, it is at a much higher strength or potency then their body is used to.  They ingest it or take it  one way or another, and then sadly are gone.Two factors, together, can lead to intentional suicide.
    • Intolerable mental pain (psychache)
    • With the idea of death to escape it.

Planned:

  • The suicidal person’s day to day life is not like ours.  Far from it, they are suffering an intolerable level of pain which pervades their every waking moment.  It is a flat, dull and very dark place that is scary and intense.  They can’t talk about it often because they simply don’t have the energy to do so.
  • They are continually tormented by negative thoughts about themselves.   In their mind they feel neither lovable or worthy of rescue.  They truly believe that death is the only way out.  Their world is an unmanageable place of torment.  They absolutely do not think that there is anyone or anything that can help them anymore.
  • They usually cannot:  sleep,  eat,  remember,  function or focus on basic tasks of life because of unrelenting guilt, shame, or other intolerable and amplified feelings.   Their awareness is blunted and crushed.  As opposed to a full dimensional thinking person, their world  becomes dull and meaningless to them.  It is a spiritually painful place to be.
  • Morning does not bring a promise of a new day, but rather another day of agony to somehow get through.
  • For survivors of suicide, remember your friend or loved one was  not trying to punish anyone.  For those left behind it is important to remember that the person’s intent was relief from unrelenting pain.
  • When a person is consumed with this torment they simply aren’t thinking of anything or anyone else. Period.
  • They want to make the intolerable agony stop. They are so over wrought they simply don’t have the energy or wherewithal  to ask for help…even from the closest of friends, or family members.   In fact they may feel shame to do so, further amplifying their pain and embarrassment.  It is not a condition they want others to know about.  No one wants to be thought of as weak or off balance.
  • These poor souls are a victim of a chemical imbalance in the brain and run away emotions that never cease tormenting them.
  • No spirit has ever relayed to me that they really thought suicide was the right thing to do.  Nor did they ever say – Ha ha!  Now so and so will feel guilty forever.  Good!
  • Nothing could be further from the truth.  Anyone who I have ever talked with who has taken their life realizes fully and quite deeply the trauma and pain they have caused  their loved ones and friends.  They feel and hear every cry for help, each tear, all the pain of their family and friends combined very clearly and precisely.  It is with this unbearable feeling they eagerly come to me in spirit and ask to please, please help their family heal and also to  somehow help them to please get over “the incident”.
  • No spirit ever likes to talk about the exact moment.  It is painful and they don’t want to inflict anymore pain on anyone.  These are memories that need to be erased.
  • No spirit has ever said to me that a survivor of suicide should spend the rest of their days feeling intense guilt agonizing over how they could of saved them.
  • As I have said before no one, absolutely no one wins when we declare war on ourselves.  This includes the suicide victim and the survivors.


DO NOT, 
I beg of you, torment yourself with an endless cycle of undeserved guilt or shame.   Don’t allow yourself to be consumed by any thoughts that begin like this…

  •  I should of..
  •  I could of..
  • How could I have…
  • Why didn’t they call me…
  • I should of picked up the phone…
  • I should of answered that text…
  • I should of realized…
  • It’s my fault because…
  • Am I the reason…
  • If only…
  • If these kinds of thoughts are coming up and they often do –  Give yourself a chance.  Break away from that cycle of thought and talk to someone who can listen compassionately and help you through this.
  • After such intense trauma and loss, you deserve a chance for peace and healing.  Make sure you seek out professional assistance.  It is not a sign of weakness.
  • You deserve to be a friend to yourself in this incredibly painful time.    It is a sign of wanting to heal.
  • Love yourself and the person who has passed away enough to want to try and regain little by little your life back.  Of course it will take time, and a lot of it.  But it is better to try and heal than spend the rest of your life in utter turmoil.  Don’t waste away your precious days on earth thinking about what could of been, but what will be.
  • If you continue to torment yourself, you are denying yourself your own life.  This is always completely the opposite of what the soul who passed on wants you to do.  They want you to try and heal, and try to somehow understand and forgive them.  It is a step that one MUST take in order to live.

 

There is a resource kindly produced and provided by the American Association of Suicidology. It is a PDF booklet for people who have lost a loved one  to suicide, written by someone who has suffered the same loss.

Please feel free to download it and use it to help yourself or others overcome the traumatic loss of a loved one or friend due to suicide.

 

Download:
Survivors of Suicide – SOS – Handbook

Counseling:
Every hospice in America has a duty and moral obligation to provide you with help if you are suffering from the loss of a loved one.  Regardless if you have ever even had a family member be a patient, or don’t have any financial resources, they will help you to find a counselor or group of survivors.

Suggested Reading:

Dying to Be Free:  A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide – Beverly Cobain, Jean Larch.  (Note:  This book was written by Curt Cobain’s mom.  He was the lead singer of Nirvana.)

Understanding Your Suicide Grief:  Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

No Time to Say Goodbye:  Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One:  Carla Fine

Healing Your Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

The Afterlife of Billy Fingers:  How my Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death – Annie Kagan. (Not about suicide, but brings glimpses of the after-life from a highly believable and probable source.)

Guiding Your Child Through Grief  by Mary Ann Emswiler

My Son…My Son: A Guide to Healing After a Suicide in the Family by Iris Bolton and Curtis Mitchell

An Empty Chair: Living in the Wake of a Sibling’s Suicide  by Sara Swan Miller

Do They Have Bad Days in Heaven?: Surviving the Suicide Loss of a Sibling by Michelle Linn-Gust

Trying to Remember, Forced to Forget (My Father’s Suicide) by Judy Raphael Kletter

 

May God bless you, and bring much needed relief and healing to you. 

 Diane Eileen

Resource:  SAVE:  Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
https://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=EB8EE3F1-7E90-9BD4-CE08CCD6E3FFD933&r=1

  • Know that you can survive, even if you feel you can’t.
    Intense feelings of grief can be overwhelming and frightening. This is normal. You are not going crazy; you’re grieving.
  • Feelings of guilt, confusion, anger, and fear are common responses to grief.
  • You may experience thoughts of suicide. This is common. It doesn’t mean you’ll act on those thoughts. However, if you begin to feel like you may, ask for help or call 911. 
  • Forgetfulness is a common, but temporary side effect. Grieving takes so much energy that other things may fade in importance. 
  • Keep asking “why” until you no longer need to ask. 
  • Healing takes time. Allow yourself the time you need to grieve. 
  • Grief has no predictable pattern or timetable. Though there are elements of commonality in grief, each person and each situation is unique
  • Delay making major decisions if possible. Selling a home, car, cashing in on policies, moving, quitting a job, etc. are all things that should be avoided if possible.
  • The path of grief is one of twists and turns and you may often feel you are getting nowhere. Remember even setbacks are a kind of progress.
  • This is the hardest thing you will ever do. Be patient with yourself. Seek out people who are willing to listen when you need to talk and who understand your need to be silent.
  • Give yourself permission to seek professional help. 
  • Avoid people who try to tell you what to feel and how to feel it and, in particular, those who think you should “be over it by now.” 
  • Find a support group for survivors that provides a safe place for you to express your feelings, or simply a place to go to be with other survivors who are experiencing some of the same things you’re going through.

Suicide grief: Healing after a loved one’s suicide

A loved one’s suicide can be emotionally devastating. Use healthy coping strategies — such as seeking support — to begin the journey to healing and acceptance.

Resource:  Mayo Clinic:  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/suicide/MH00048

When a loved one commits suicide, overwhelming emotions can leave you reeling. Your grief might be heart wrenching. At the same time, you might be consumed by guilt — wondering if you could have done something to prevent your loved one’s death.

As you face life after a loved one’s suicide, remember that you don’t have to go through it alone.

Brace for powerful emotions

A loved one’s suicide can trigger intense emotions. For example:

  • Shock. Disbelief and emotional numbness might set in. You might think that your loved one’s suicide couldn’t possibly be real.
  • Anger. You might be angry with your loved one for abandoning you or leaving you with a legacy of grief — or angry with yourself or others for missing clues about suicidal intentions.
  • Guilt. You might replay “what if” and “if only” scenarios in your mind, blaming yourself for your loved one’s death.
  • Despair. You might be gripped by sadness, loneliness or helplessness. You might have a physical collapse or even consider suicide yourself.

You might continue to experience intense reactions during the weeks and months after your loved one’s suicide — including nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating, social withdrawal and loss of interest in usual activities — especially if you witnessed or discovered the suicide.

Adopt healthy coping strategies

The aftermath of a loved one’s suicide can be physically and emotionally exhausting. As you work through your grief, be careful to protect your own well-being.

  • Keep in touch. Reach out to loved ones, friends and spiritual leaders for comfort, understanding and healing. Surround yourself with people who are willing to listen when you need to talk, as well as those who’ll simply offer a shoulder to lean on when you’d rather be silent.
  • Grieve in your own way. Do what’s right for you, not necessarily someone else. If you find it too painful to visit your loved one’s gravesite or share the details of your loved one’s death, wait until you’re ready.
  • Be prepared for painful reminders. Anniversaries, holidays and other special occasions can be painful reminders of your loved one’s suicide. Don’t chide yourself for being sad or mournful. Instead, consider changing or suspending family traditions that are too painful to continue.
  • Don’t rush yourself. Losing someone to suicide is a tremendous blow, and healing must occur at its own pace. Don’t be hurried by anyone else’s expectations that it’s been “long enough.”
  • Expect setbacks. Some days will be better than others, even years after the suicide — and that’s OK. Healing doesn’t often happen in a straight line.
  • Consider a support group for families affected by suicide. Sharing your story with others who are experiencing the same type of grief might help you find a sense of purpose or strength.

    Suicide grief: Healing after a loved one’s suicide

    Know when to seek professional help

    If you experience intense or unrelenting anguish or physical problems, ask your doctor or mental health provider for help. Seeking professional help is especially important if you think you might be depressed or you have recurring thoughts of suicide. Keep in mind that unresolved grief can turn into complicated grief, where painful emotions are so long lasting and severe that you have trouble resuming your own life.

    Depending on the circumstances, you might benefit from individual or family therapy — either to get you through the worst of the crisis or to help you adjust to life after suicide. Short-term medication can be helpful in some cases, too.

    Face the future with a sense of peace

    In the aftermath of a loved one’s suicide, you might feel like you can’t go on or that you’ll never enjoy life again.

    In truth, you might always wonder why it happened — and reminders might trigger painful feelings even years later. Eventually, however, the raw intensity of your grief will fade. The tragedy of the suicide won’t dominate your days and nights.

    Understanding the complicated legacy of suicide and how to cope with palpable grief can help you reach inner peace and healing, while still honoring the memory of your loved one.

Unintentional poisonings – nearly nine out of ten from prescription drug overdoses – kill more Sarasota County teenagers and young adults than anything else.

 

For overdoses, the death rate among Sarasota adults ages 20 to 24 is four times the state average, and is two to three times state averages for both teenagers and the age 25 to 34 group.  It leaves Sarasota County in unfamiliar company, ranking with the counties around major metro areas like Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale for the rate of drug poisoning deaths.

 

One of the main culprits that is killing our teenagers and young adults in Sarasota, Florida is OxyContin, also known as Roxies, Blues. 

What is OxyContin anyway?

It is a drug used for pain relief for up to 12 hours, but it also is unfortunately a member of the opiate family.   It is supposed to be used by swallowing it, as it is a controlled-release form of oxycodone.  It is used for people with chronic pain.

Accidental Death or intentional suicide from overdose is very common.

OxyContin can provide a euphoric effect which is users may find highly addictive when it is not swallowed as perscribed.   When an intentional high is being sought after the victim may start chewing the drug, snorting it, or injecting it through a needle to increase the euphoric effect.   Within a short period of time the person’s body becomes addicted to the opiates.  From there it is usually a down hill slide to nowhere. very fast.  OxyContin on the street can be very expensive up to $25.00 for just one small dose.  Therefore those who no longer have jobs or stable homes because of drug use, may find themselves at the wrong end of the law very quickly.  Perhaps stealing and selling those items to support their drug habit.  It’s a horrible way to live.  It destroys family in ways that are unfathonable.

Medium Readings for surviving family members of accidental overdose.

Lately I have been asked for readings so that surviving members of the family may get in touch with their young sons, daughters or siblings who have unintentionally or intentionally overdosed on OxyContin, or  alcohol with Xanax.  What often happens is the victim may unwittingly take too much of a drug or have a lethal combination of drugs in their system.  This causes respiratory failure, then heart failure.  Basically in the opiates or benzo family the victim falls asleep never to awaken.  Other drug victims may overdose on a combination of crack/meth which will basically gave the person a full on heart failure.

It is with greatest respect and honor I come to help the victims.  The victims are both those who overdosed and the survivors who are left to bare the pain.    The grief, anger and guilt can take the wind right out of your sails,  taking away your own happiness and life purpose.   I highly recommend professional grief counseling for your very personal pain and suffering.  If you find in conjunction that direct medium contact with your son or daughter can help, I will do my very best to help you find their spirit and communicate openly and honestly with them.  I have done this for numerous surviving family and I can tell you the healing and relief is a blessing to all, including to me.

I am a compassionate individual intent on helping those who are suffering.   I do not, nor would I ever pass judgement on anyone for overdosing or committing suicide.   Suicide is a fact that just happens, it is not something to be ashamed of or kept in the closet.  You have every right to talk about it, heal and celebrate the life of the deceased.   I am here to help communicate to the family the victim’s thoughts, feelings, and even do my best to provide what I can on clues as to the cause of death.  My own step-father took his own life, so I can clearly identify with the pain that you may be feeling.

I help out of a compassionate heart.  My readings often go way past the time limit as your personal healing is more important than time itself.  I am a volunteer at  hospice so I am very familiar with grief and the pain of losing a loved one.  Please don’t hesitate if you need help to give me a call at 941-993-7105.

Thank you.  The following is a description of what exactly OxyContin is.
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Resource:  National Institute of Health

 

Oxycodone(ox i koe’ done)

Last Revision: October 15, 2011.

Warning

Oxycodone extended-release (long-acting) tablets should be used only to treat people who need regularly scheduled doses of pain medication to treat continuous pain for an extended period of time. Extended-release oxycodone tablets should not be taken as-needed or to treat occasional episodes of pain.

Oxycodone 60-mg tablets and oxycodone 160-mg tablets (not available in the United States) should only be used to treat people who are tolerant (used to the effects of a medication) to narcotic pain medication. These tablet strengths may cause serious breathing problems or death in people who are not tolerant to narcotics.

Swallow oxycodone extended-release tablets whole; do not chew, break, divide, crush, or dissolve them. If you swallow broken, chewed, or crushed extended-release tablets, you will receive the entire dose of oxycodone at once, instead of slowly over 12 hours. This may cause serious problems, including overdose and death.

Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking oxycodone.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.

Oxycodone is also available in combination with acetaminophen (Endocet, Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, others); aspirin (Endodan, Percodan, Roxiprin, others); and ibuprofen (Combunox). This monograph only includes information about the use of oxycodone alone. If you are taking an oxycodone combination product, be sure to read information about all the ingredients in the product you are taking and ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Oxycodone comes as a solution (liquid), concentrate solution, tablet, capsule, and extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth. The solution, concentrated solution, tablet, and capsule are usually taken with or without food every 4 to 6 hours, either as needed for pain or as regularly scheduled medications. The extended-release tablet are usually taken every 12 hours. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take oxycodone exactly as directed.

If you are taking the oxycodone concentrate solution, be sure to carefully measure and double check the dose before taking the medication. Use the measuring dropper that comes with the medication to measure your dose. Mix the medication with at least 1 ounce (30 milliliters) of juice or other liquid, or with a semi-solid food such as applesauce or pudding. If you are taking oxycodone concentrate solution from an ampoule (small pre-packaged tube containing oxycodone liquid), be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking a dose. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions about measuring your dose or taking your medication.

Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose of oxycodone and may increase this dose over time if your pain is not controlled. After you take oxycodone for a period of time, your body may become used to the medication. If this happens, your doctor may need to increase your dose to control your pain. Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling during your treatment with oxycodone.

Oxycodone can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or take it for a longer period of time than prescribed by your doctor. If you have been taking oxycodone for more than a few days, do not stop taking oxycodone suddenly. If you stop taking this medication suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, yawning, sweating, chills, muscle or joint aches or pains, weakness, irritability, anxiety, depression, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fast heartbeat, and fast breathing. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually. Call your doctor if you have any withdrawal symptoms when your dose is decreased or when you stop taking oxycodone.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a copy of the manufacturer’s information for the patient.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking oxycodone,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to oxycodone, codeine (in many pain relievers and cough medications), hydrocodone (in Hycodan, in Lortab, in Vicoprofen, others),dihydrocodeine (in Synalgos-DC, others), any other medications, or any of the ingredients in oxycodone liquid, tablets, or capsules. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antidepressants; antihistamines; buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex, in Suboxone); butorphanol (Stadol); medications for mental illness, nausea, or seizures; other medications for pain, especially narcotics; muscle relaxants; nalbuphine (Nubain); naloxone (Narcan); nalmefene (Revex); pentazocine (Talwin); sedatives;sleeping pills, or tranquilizers; Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the following medications or if you have stopped taking them within the past two weeks: isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, lung disease, slowed breathing, or paralytic ileus (condition in which digested food does not move through the intestines). Your doctor may tell you not to take oxycodone.
  • tell your doctor if you drink or have ever drunk large amounts of alcohol and if you use or have ever used street drugs, or if you have overused prescription medications. Also tell your doctor if you have or have ever had a head injury,a tumor in your brain or nervous system, any condition causing increased pressure in your brain; hypothyroidism (condition in which the thyroid gland produces less hormone than normal), hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist); delirium tremens (severe withdrawal symptoms that may occur in people who drank large amounts of alcohol over time and have stopped drinking); kyphoscoliosis (curving of the spine that may cause breathing problems) low blood pressure;Addison’s disease (condition in which the adrenal gland does not produce enough hormone), seizures; urethral stricture (blockage of the tube that allows urine to leave the body), enlarged prostate (a male reproductive gland), or heart, kidney,liver, or pancreas, or biliary tract disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking oxycodone, call your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking oxycodone.
  • you should know that this medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car, operate heavy machinery, or participate in any other possibly dangerous activities until you know how this medication affects you.
  • ask your doctor about the safe use of alcoholic beverages while you are taking oxycodone. When alcohol is taken with this medication, dangerous side effects can occur.
  • you should know that oxycodone may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. To help avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you are taking oxycodone on a regular schedule, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Oxycodone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms, are severe or do not go away:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • flushing
  • sweating
  • itching
  • weakness
  • headache
  • mood changes
  • decrease in pupil (dark circle in eye) size
  • red eyes

 

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • fast or slow heartbeat
  • difficulty breathing
  • slowed breathing
  • hives
  • rash
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • difficulty swallowing
  • hallucinating (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
  • seizures
  • confusion
  • fainting
  • dizziness
  • loss of consciousness

 

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at <a href=”http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch” data-mce-href=”http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch”>http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch</a>] or by phone [ 1-800-332-1088 ].

Oxycodone may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking this medication.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from light and excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Throw away oxycodone concentrate solution 90 days after you open the product. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

Keep oxycodone in a safe place so that no one else can take it accidentally or on purpose. Keep track of how much liquid or how many tablets or capsules are left so you will know if any medication is missing.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • difficulty breathing or slowed or stopped breathing
  • excessive sleepiness
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • limp or weak muscles
  • increase or decrease in pupil (dark circle in the eye) size
  • cold, clammy skin
  • slow or stopped heartbeat
  • blue color of skin, fingernails, lips, or area around the mouth
  • loss of consciousness or coma

What other information should I know?

If you are taking the extended-release tablets, you may notice something that looks like a tablet in your stool. This is just the empty tablet shell, and this does not mean that you did not get your complete dose of medication.

Keep all appointments with your doctor.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Selling or giving away this medication may cause severe harm or death to others and is illegal.

This prescription is not refillable. If you continue to experience pain after you finish the oxycodone, call your doctor.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

 

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Disclaimer

 

AHFS® Consumer Medication Information. © Copyright, 2011. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc., 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland. All Rights Reserved. Duplication for commercial use must be authorized by ASHP.

The following brand names are from RxNorm, a standardized nomenclature for clinical drugs produced by the National Library of Medicine:

Brand names

  • Dazidox
  • ETH-Oxydose
  • Endocodone
  • Oxecta
  • Oxy IR
  • Oxycontin
  • Oxyfast
  • Percolone
  • Roxicodone

Brand names of combination products

  • Combunox (containing Ibuprofen and Oxycodone)
  • Endocet 10/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Endocet 10/650 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Endocet 5/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Endocet 7.5/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Endocet 7.5/500 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Endodan Reformulated May 2009 (containing Aspirin and Oxycodone)
  • Lynox 10/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Lynox 2.5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Lynox 5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Lynox 7.5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Magnacet 10/400 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Magnacet 2.5/400 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Magnacet 5/400 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Magnacet 7.5/400 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Narvox (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percocet 10/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percocet 10/650 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percocet 2.5/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percocet 5/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percocet 7.5/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percocet 7.5/500 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Percodan Reformulated May 2009 (containing Aspirin and Oxycodone)
  • Percodan-Demi (containing Aspirin and Oxycodone)
  • Perloxx 10/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Perloxx 2.5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Perloxx 5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Perloxx 7.5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Primalev 300/2.5 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Primlev 10/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Primlev 5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Primlev 7.5/300 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Roxicet (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Roxicet 5/325 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Roxicet 5/500 (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Roxiprin (containing Aspirin and Oxycodone)
  • Taxadone (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Tylox (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone)
  • Xolox (containing Acetaminophen and Oxycodone

 

OxyContinis a trade name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride. Manufactured by Purdue Pharma L.P., OxyContin is a controlled-release form of oxycodone prescribed to treat chronic pain. When used properly, OxyContin can provide pain relief for up to 12 hours.

Recently, there has been a lot of media focus on this prescription drug due to increasing reports of its abuse. According to an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) fact sheet, an estimated 1.6 million Americans used prescription-type pain relievers for non-medical reasons for the first time in 1998. Furthermore, ONDCP reports that the number of oxycodone emergency cases increased nearly 36 percent in a single year, from 3,369 in January to June 1999 to 5,261 in January to June 2000.

Oxycodone is considered to be a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that it is under the legal control of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the U.S. Department of Justice. One of the main factors dictating a drug’s “schedule,” its degree of regulation, is the drug’s potential for abuse. Once a drug is classified as a controlled substance, it becomes subject to a formal system that requires registration, record keeping, distribution restrictions, dispensing limits, manufacturing security and reports to the DEA.

You may be wondering what makes OxyContin a controlled substance. In order to better understand this, let’s consider what oxycodone does and how it works.

Oxycodone is an agonist opioid. Opioid agonists are some of the most effective pain relievers available. Unlike other analgesics, opioid agonists have an increasing analgesic effect with increased doses. Meaning that the more you take, the better you feel. Other analgesics, like aspirin or acetaminophen, have a threshold to their effectiveness. You can see why, particularly for people who suffer chronic pain, a medication like OxyContin can be so beneficial: It can potentially provide up to four times the relief of a non-opioid analgesic, so even the most severe degree of pain can be managed.

Once oxycodone enters the body, it works by stimulating certain opioid receptors that are located throughout the central nervous system, in the brain and along the spinal cord. When the oxycodone binds to the opioid receptors, a variety of physiologic responses can occur, ranging from pain relief to slowed breathing to euphoria.

­ When abused, OxyContin, like other opiates and opioids, can be dangerously addictive. Rather than ingesting the pill as indicated, people who abuse OxyContin use other methods of administering the drug. To avoid the controlled-release mechanism, they either chew, snort or inject the medication to get an instant and intense “high.” Frequent and repeated use of the drug can cause the user to develop a tolerance to its effects, so larger doses are required to elicit the desired sensation and the abuser gets increasingly addicted to the drug.

Suicide is a very difficult topic to discuss.  My own step father took his life, many many years ago after an extended illness.  I remember my life reeling out of control, having to move from my job overseas to come back home, feeling ashamed that he died that way, and not wanting to talk about it to anyone.  Even forgetting the good parts of our lives together and just thinking of the way it all ended.   It made it very difficult to grieve openly and naturally.  My own mother avoided the topic, and in fact was so ashamed and angry there was no funeral.  This was the most painful personal experience I had undergone.  It was so sad and hard for me to comprehend.  So I can deeply empathize when clients come to me needing closure, relief from pain and to understand why, how, and if there was anything they could of done to help.

Suicide is particularly painful as it leaves the family and friends as victims.  It can indeed be very, very hard on everyone and understandably so.  Family members may feel angry at the person who took their life.  They may also may be racked with questions, constantly asking themselves constantly:

1. What if?

2. Could I have stopped them?

3.  Was it my fault?  Did I do something wrong?

4.  If only I had come home sooner, etc.

Alas these are heavy questions and often we make ourselves the victims  of undeserved, self-inflicted guilt, which blocks us from healing and coming to terms with the unfortunate death in a more healthy way.  In all my years of helping individuals through the loss of their loved one, I can tell you there really is no wrong or right way to grieve.  There is also no set period of time where everyone will feel completely better.  It just plain hurts.  Grief and unresolved sadness can make it’s way into our own bodies and manifest as illness if not let go.  So it is especially important to take the right steps to start your way on the path to healing.

First of course it is wise to talk with an expert in grief and suicide.  There are many experts out there who can help relieve the psychological damange and pain.  Tidewell Hospice here in Sarasota has a program absolutely free of charge for suicide grief support, for anyone regardless if they have ever been a client or been involved in Tidewell in any way.  Expert counselors with Masters Degrees and years of experience are available to help talk with you and help you seek solace.  They also have weekly groups of supportive parents who are coping with the premature death of children.  After seeking the careful attentive help of professional grief counselors you may find if you are a person who believes in an afterlife, that a true conversation with your loved one can finally bring closure and peace to your heart.

 

I have found through my practice though that there is hope for healing.  Particularly in those cases where the person has just recently killed themselves, their spirit is restless and not at peace.  There is unfinished business, and they are particularly sensitive to the pain of those left behind.  Instead of being able to evolve on to the next level they may find themselves stuck in a self-inflicted purgatory.  Here unfortunately they are left in a sort of limbo state, afraid to move on as if there is some sort of punishment, and also afraid to leave mourning family members in such a painful state.  Basically from what I have experienced, many may stay in the home stuck on a very basic astral level.  They are aware of their surroundings and the people around them, but are unable to progress to a place of peace — their true spiritual home and destiny.  They may continually punish themselves as if reliving the scene over and over again.  Unable to cope or fathom what has happened, they become distressed and may cause unusual things to happen in the home.

 

I have helped the immediate family members of suicide victims by channeling the spirit and thoughts of their loved one on the other side.  This is my most honored duty in this lifetime, one in which I take very seriously.  I feel very humbled and extremely privileged to help those who hurt from the unbelievable pain of suicide in their family.

I help relieve pain by letting the spirit know that their family members forgive them.  This is an important the first step to healing.  With compassion and an open heart, the family can begin to have an open dialogue with the spirit.  This allows for those on both sides to heal naturally.  I’ve seen the results of such channeled sessions, and I can truthfully say it is amazing the change in people who are hurting on both sides.  I’ve seen individuals that were sobbing in such unrelenting pain go from that painful state to one of amazement as they are able to openly discuss with their loved one why the suicide experience occurred, and how they should proceed.  The metamorphosis is incredibly fulfilling to see as sorrow turns to solace, peace, even happiness for their loved in an incredibly quick amount of time.  Of course there is no quick easy cure, but at least I can start you on the path to recovery.  And as the saying goes a journey must start one step at a time.

So please if your family member or friend has committed suicide, and you do need help with those thoughts please do contact a professional grief counselor to help with your pain.  Then when you are ready, we can begin an open conversation with your loved one that is a direct family reunion and meeting in which you can openly discuss any matters at all, take care of unfinished business, ask questions, and have them answered.  It will help you and the spirit in immeasurable ways by relieving guilt, anxiety, and answer those questions that may be lingering.  Love heals all, and God really is love.  It really is a blessing to be able to forgive and show our love for our family member who may still be distress on the other side.  You can let them know you still very much care for them, love them, and openly discuss your feelings in a compassionate, understanding manner.  Please do call if you or someone you know needs help.  I am available 24/7 in these special crisis cases.  My phone number is 941-993-7105, and my email is diane@yourlettersfromheaven.com.

 

Thank you for allowing me to serve you.  God bless and know I am always here for you.

Diane