What Is Targin?

Targin is the trade name of a tablet that contains both oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride anhydrous. It is also sold under the name OxyContin. The drugs are used simultaneously in tablet form as a prescription painkiller for severe pain when other methods have failed or otherwise proven ineffective. Targin contains the naloxone compound, which can help treat, reduce, or eliminate chronic pain.

Oxycodone is a time-release prescription-only pain medication that is similar to morphine and codeine, is an opioid and comes from the opium poppy. Opium poppies are generally limited to being cultivated to only a few areas of the globe, such as Columbia, Asia, and Mexico. Since part of the Targin formulation is an opioid combined with naloxone, it contains a controlled substance and can be incredibly addictive. If taken for long periods, or longer than prescribed, it can result in 

Targin is also prescribed to help relieve the symptoms that occur in individuals that experience restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome is a disorder that causes a sensation in the limbs, often the legs, that is alleviated when the limb is moved or shaken. This urge is not easily ignored, and it often begins as soon as the person sits or lies down, making relaxing or sleeping quite a challenge. 

While not the first option for treatment, it is often used to treat severe or very severe cases of the disorder, as well as cases where other treatments have been unsuccessful, or where the individual cannot be treated with medicines that act on the dopamine system. 

Side-Effects of Using Targin

The side effects of using Targin can be very similar to many other addictive opioids. Those who have developed a chemical dependency can become stuck in a vicious use and reward cycle that can be nearly impossible to break. Since Targin changes how the body and brain respond to pain, that dependency can develop quickly. The side effects that come alongside illicit use occur with both short-term and long-term use. 

Many Targin users crush the drug for snorting, similar to cocaine. Once it has been snorted, it is absorbed into the body much quicker than taking the tablet by mouth as intended. It is also much more potent since it does not need to go through the digestion process. Snorting Targin also allows those who abuse the drug to bypass the intended time-release function, putting the full force of the drug into the user’s system. This can also lead to a higher incidence of overdose.

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Snorting Targin can lead to a breakdown of the nasal and sinus tissue over time. Chronic abusers also experience increased chances and durations of sinus infections. In some severe cases, this breakdown and infection of the nasal and sinus tissue can lead to necrosis or tissue death.

There is also the possibility that the users will crush the tablets up in order to inject them. This is the most dangerous way anyone can abuse Targin. The pills are crushed as finely as possible, mixed with water, and directly injected into the veins, muscle, or even skin. This can carry potentially deadly risks with it, as nearly all intravenous drugs can.

Injecting drugs like Targin comes with its own set of unique risks that are often not found in other methods of administration. These risks can include some short-term effects as well as potentially lifelong, and life-threatening, dangers. 

The nature of injection drugs can lead otherwise healthy individuals to contract blood-borne pathogens such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and more. There are estimates by the W.H.O. that nearly ten percent of all new cases of HIV/AIDS can be directly linked to IV drug use.

With new users, there is a much higher risk of physical damage during the injection process, such as improperly crushing or mixing the drug and even vein damage from bad injections or missed veins. Injections are also much easier to overdose with since the effects not only bypass the time-release function but also hit the system so directly and potently. If the tablet has not been crushed to a fine enough powder, and the tiny jagged pieces of the crushed tablet can become lodged in the vein and cause blockages.

Abuse Potential When Using Targin

Targin has an extremely high abuse potential, though less so than some other opioids. Just like with many other drugs, opioids in particular, because of the lowering of the endorphin production by the user’s body. This creates what is known as chemical dependence. Since opioids trigger powerful or constant endorphin release, they make the user feel incredibly good but only for a short duration. Then the next dose is needed within a certain time frame, or the user begins to feel the symptoms of withdrawal. 

Soon they are taking the drug simply to avoid the feelings of withdrawal and the accompanying symptoms. This cycle is why users continue to take the drug, even when it no longer provides the same level of “high” that they felt in the early days of use. This leads to more frequent use, use of increasingly large doses, or the use of more and more dangerous and direct methods of administration such as snorting or injection if they are not already used.

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How to Safely Detox From Targin

If you have been taking Targin and feel like you have developed a tolerance or dependence on the drug, or perhaps someone you love, then it may be time to see professional help. Due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms and the potential for complications in long-term users, those who are seeking recovery should work with an experienced and local treatment center.

By working with a facility that specializes in safely detoxing individual’s from drug abuse, the individual seeking recovery will have the best possible chance at successful, long-term sobriety. They will learn methods and techniques that will help them cope with potentially triggering future situations.

Reach out today if you or a loved one is struggling from an addiction to Targin so that you can start walking on the path to a better tomorrow right now.