Roxicodone, sometimes spelled “Roxycodone,” is a potent narcotic pain reliever that blocks the perception of pain by binding to opiate receptors in the brain and body.
Roxycodone is recommended for treating moderate to severe pain or to sedate a patient prior to surgery. The recommended adult dose of Roxycodone can vary depending on the patient’s response, his or her weight and size and the severity of pain. Roxycodone is the brand name for oxycodone, available in immediate-release tablets.
The drug Roxycodone, is an opioid, meaning that while it’s a powerful tool in the battle for pain management, it also has a tendency to be habit-forming.
Regular, long-term use or abuse can lead to problems including the development of a tolerance, which means the drug’s effects are less intense.
Once this happens, physical and psychological dependence can develop if roxycodone use is increased in any way. Roxycodone has gained popularity among recreational users and is considered the norm by those getting it on the streets. Taking too much or combining it with some other substances can also lead to overdose.
As with other pain medications, Roxycodone can also cause side effects, some which can be serious. Roxycodone may cause side effects such as
- loss of appetite
- dry mouth
- mood changes
- decrease in pupil (dark circle in eye) size
- red eyes
Roxycodone has a high incidence of abuse and dependence. Over time, prolonged Roxycodone use causes the nerve cells in the brain to function abnormally. They stop producing natural painkilling chemicals. Even people who are taking roxycodone as directed run the risk of experiencing withdrawal if they discontinue use abruptly. Patients prescribed roxy should always be weaned off the drug when possible.
The severity of roxycodone withdrawal depends on the dose of roxycodone that you were taking and the duration of use. Some common withdrawal symptoms include:
- muscle aches
- hot and cold flashes
It is important to note that withdrawal from roxycodone is not life-threatening, but it is extremely uncomfortable.
Though you can’t die from roxycodone withdrawal alone, you will feel like you are dying. Acute withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from 72 hours to ten days. Post-acute withdrawal, which is less severe than acute withdrawal can last a year or more. Symptoms of post-acute withdrawal are observed in 90% of people recovering from a long-term opiate addiction. Symptoms include:
- mood swings
- extreme drug craving and obsession
- anxiety and panic attacks
- suicidal thoughts
- general cognitive impairment.
Roxycodone is known as the prescription painkiller roxy, roxies, Roxicodone and oxycodone. Any and all of these can be highly addictive and dangerous so know your facts. Just because it’s a different name doesn’t mean it’s a different drug.
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