Roxicodone is the brand name for an immediate-release tablet form of oxycodone hydrochloride. Roxicodone is a an opioid (narcotic) analgesic prescribed for patients experiencing moderate to severe pain around the clock and for an extended period of time. It is only given when pain cannot be treated with other medications.
As an opioid, Roxicodone functions by altering how the central nervous system responds to pain signals. Because the narcotic is released quickly, the medication can give users a rush of euphoria and relaxation, similar to heroin.
Due to its high potential for abuse, Roxicodone must always be taken exactly according to a doctor’s instructions. Taking a larger dose, or taking Roxicodone more frequently or for a longer period of time than prescribed, will lead to physical dependence and addiction.
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Understanding Roxicodone Abuse
Roxicodone (often referred to as “Roxys” or “Roxies”) is an immediate-release form of oxycodone. When taken as directed, the drug provides immediate relief of pain, along with a feeling of relaxation and well-being. When the medicine is taken recreationally, the result is a rush of euphoria and extreme relaxation similar to the effects of heroin.
Like heroin and other opioid drugs, Roxicodone attaches to opioid receptors in the brain, blocking pain signals. Because opioid receptors are located in the brain’s reward center, this process also triggers the release of dopamine, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation. This desirable feeling is the primary reason for the widespread abuse of Roxicodone and other opioid drugs.
Another key factor in the illicit use of Roxicodone is how readily available it is to the public either through prescription or to purchase illegally. Many dealers and users obtain Roxicodone through fraudulent prescriptions, and oxycodone is one of the most commonly stolen medications.
One reason that addicts find it so difficult to quit taking Roxicodone without professional help is the extremely unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these as:
- watery eyes
- runny nose
- muscle or joint aches or pains
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- fast heartbeat
- fast breathing
Signs and Symptoms of Roxicodone Abuse
The following symptoms are possible indicators of Roxicodone abuse:
- Needing to have a prescription refilled earlier than scheduled
- Seeing multiple doctors/clinics for pain prescriptions
- Changes in mood
- Changes in appearance or hygiene
- Mental clouding
- Appearing intoxicated without drinking alcohol
- Isolation from family and friends
- Secretive behavior
- Nervousness and restlessness
- Lack of interest in activities the user previously enjoyed
There is the potential for numerous serious side effects when taking Roxicodone. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- changes in heartbeat
- agitation, hallucinations (seeing things or hearing voices that do not exist)
- fever, sweating
- fast heartbeat
- severe muscle stiffness or twitching
- loss of coordination
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
- weakness, or dizziness
- inability to get or keep an erection
- irregular menstruation
- decreased sexual desire
- chest pain
- hives, itching, rash
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- extreme drowsiness
- lightheadedness when changing positions
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Dangers of Roxicodone Abuse
Sustained use of Roxicodone will create a tolerance for the drug, forcing addicts to increase their dosage to get the same experience. Taking large doses of Roxicodone will increase the number and severity of side effect. This will also increase the risk of serious medical consequences resulting from overdose. These may include coma or death.
Opioid receptors are found in the same areas of the brain that control respiration. High doses of opioids can cause breathing to stop completely, leading to fatality.
The Drug Enforcement Agency’s fact sheet on oxycodone lists the following as possible signs of overdose:
- extreme drowsiness
- muscle weakness
- cold and clammy skin
- pinpoint pupils
- shallow breathing
- slow heart rate
Who Abuses Roxicodone?
A person of any age, gender, financial status, or ethnicity can become addicted to Roxicodone. According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “regular use [of opioids]—even as prescribed by a doctor—can produce dependence, and when misused or abused, opioid pain relievers can lead to fatal overdose.”
Some addicts take Roxicodone to combat feelings of anxiety, to self-medicate depression, or to enjoy feelings of euphoria. Some users take the drug due to chronic pain and an unbearable physical dependency that makes them unable to quit the drug on their own.
When used legally, under a doctor’s instructions, Roxicodone can improve a patient’s quality of life during illness, injury, or recovery from surgery. When pain goes untreated, a patient suffers in all areas of life, running the risk of developing mood disorders and suicidal thoughts.
However, prescription opioids such as Roxicodone are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Patients must be careful to take oxycodone only as directed, and for the reasons it was prescribed. Overuse and abuse of the medication (such as taking Roxicodone to relax) will lead to serious mental and physical consequences.
Taking Roxicodone recreationally, especially in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs, is extremely dangerous and is a clear sign of a substance abuse problem.
Am I Addicted to Roxicodone?
If you fear that you may be addicted to Roxicodone, ask yourself the questions below:
- Do I abuse Roxicodone every day?
- Do I abuse the drug in order to combat feelings of unhappiness, loneliness, depression, etc.?
- Have friends or family members mentioned more than once that they are worried about my drug use?
- Do I become hostile or angry when they do so?
- Do I ever experience side effects or withdrawal symptoms such as those listed above?
- Do I feel like I can’t have fun, be normal, or complete everyday tasks without Roxicodone?
- Am I secretive about my drug use, and/or do I lie about when I use or how much I take?
- Do I need more and more Roxicodone each time I abuse the drug in order to feel its effects?
- Have I experienced any major problems in the last year, such as a breakup, job loss, car accident, family problems, financial problems, or getting arrested as a result of my drug use?
- Despite these problems, do I feel unable to stop using Roxicodone on my own?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be addicted to Roxicodone and in need of professional help.
Roxicodone Addiction Treatment
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. The NIDA explains that “repeated drug use changes the brain, including parts of the brain that enable you to exert self-control. These and other changes can be seen clearly in brain imaging studies of people with drug addictions.”
This is why addicts require professional help to break the devastating cycle of addiction. The rehabilitation specialists at a qualified substance abuse treatment facility are trained in how to manage substance abuse issues and lead addicts safely to recovery.
Detoxification is the first step to any recovery plan. A person needs clarity of mind and a body free from addictive substances before they can be effectively treated.
Because withdrawal from Roxicodone can be extremely unpleasant, detoxing in a rehab center under the care of medical professionals is ideal. A doctor will likely have you taper off of Roxicodone gradually, to minimize withdrawal symptoms, and may prescribe medications to help ease symptoms and more comfortably transition you into sobriety.
Whether addicts choose inpatient residential treatment, and/or outpatient treatment, all substance abuse recovery plans will include talk therapy.
Individual therapy allows patients to work intensively on issues specific only to them, while group therapy allows them to both support and experience support from other addicts who are struggling with similar challenges. Family therapy is a fundamental tool to ensure individuals encounter the best possible environment at home, to prevent relapse.
Other treatment options include:
- 12-step meetings: Meetings based on the 12-step program that originated with Alcoholics Anonymous are an invaluable resource to support long term sobriety.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: CBT teaches patients to retrain their brains with new methods of coping with stress and cravings, and avoiding trigger situations
- Treatment for co-occurring conditions: most addicts suffer from undiagnosed mental health issues that underlie and fuel their substance abuse. These co-occurring disorders must be addressed as a part of recovery.
- Nutrition, fitness and recreational therapy: a strong body is just as important as a strong mind when it comes to long-term recovery. The better a person feels, the more prepared they will be to handle life as it comes.
Seek Help Today
Although addiction to Roxicodone is an extremely serious problem, recovery is possible. Call 800 774 5796 now to speak to one of our treatment advisors right away. We will connect you to the best substance abuse care for your needs.
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