Roxycodone is used as a pain reliever. Roxycodone is a form of Oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic commonly referred to as a narcotic. The components of this drug change the way the brain process pain, which alters how the body feels and how it responds. You should only take the medication the way your physician prescribes it and labeled by your pharmacy. Roxycodone is meant to be taken orally only and can be taken on an empty stomach or with a meal. Every body’s systems react differently, so it’s your preference as to how you take it. Taking it with food can help ward off nausea, though. You can also prevent the feeling of nausea or vomiting by resting in a still position for a few hours after taking it.
The medication does come in the liquid form. You should use an oral medication syringe or a spoon to measure the number of drugs that should be taken. A regular spoon used for eating will not get the right dose, and you may end up taking too much, or not enough, of the drug. The amount you are prescribed to take is determined according to your medical problem and how you respond to the Roxycodone. Don’t take more than your doctor has prescribed to you and do not take it more often than the label your pharmacy has placed on the medication indicates. Even if you still have more of the medicine left, if your doctor tells you to discontinue the drug, do not take any more. Do not discard the medication by flushing it down the toilet. Ask your pharmacy how and where you can discard unused prescribed drugs.
Pain medication should be taken when you first start to feel the pain. If you wait until the pain is acute, the Roxycodone may not be as effective. If your condition causes you to have constant pain, the drug may be utilized for breakthrough pain, and another time-released medication may be prescribed as the primary pain relief medication.
You cannot stop taking Roxycodone without being weaned off of it. You will have incredibly harsh withdrawal symptoms, especially if you’ve been on the medication for a long time, and it’s been taken in high doses. Withdrawal symptoms include (but are not limited to):
- You may experience feelings of anxiety or restlessness.
- Mood swings and changes in your mental state are possible.
- Insomnia is likely.
- Suicidal tendencies are not uncommon.
- Cold and flu symptoms may be present simultaneously, such as severe sweating, achy body, nausea with or without vomiting, running nose, and leaking eyes.
If your doctor prescribed Roxycodone to you, it is because the belief exists that the benefits of the medication outweigh the possible side effects. Some of the side effects include (but are not limited to):
- Mood swings
- Stomach ache
- Abdominal Pain
- Confused state of mind
- Easy to anger
- Problems with urination
- No desire to eat
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Adrenal gland problems
There are more severe side effects that create a situation requiring that medical help be sought out immediately:
- If the patient faints, get help immediately.
- Call 911 if the patient has a seizure.
- The patient’s breathing may become extraordinarily shallow and slow. This is a reason to seek medical assistance immediately.
- If the patient falls asleep in awkward situations such as while holding a conversation or is hard to wake up when napping, call 911.
Addiction to Roxycodone
As with many Opioids and Benzodiazepines, the longer you are on Roxycodone, the more resistant your body will be to the efficacy of the medication. This is frequently where addiction begins. A person who already has an existing condition such as alcoholism should not be prescribed this medication. The possibility of drug interactions can be fatal, and the risk of addiction is higher.
There are many signs and symptoms that opioids are being abused in a person. It may be you; it may be a close friend or a family member that you think has formed an addiction. Maybe it’s your partner or spouse. No matter who it is, the fear that sets in when the realization hits home that addiction is in existence. A few of the signs and symptoms that you may be noticing include (but are not limited to):
- Is the person acting as if they’ve been sedated?
- Does it seem as though he/she is emotionally and mentally numb?
- The person may act like he/she is in a hazy stupor.
- Have you noticed a lack of motivation to do simple things such as personal hygiene, house cleaning, or keeping a job?
- Does your loved one seem to be tired constantly?
- Does it seem as though your partner or friend is breathing slowly often?
- Have you noticed that your friend is often confused or seems to be depressed?
- Has your loved one complained of not being able to have a bowel movement and abdominal pain?
If you are worried that you or someone close to you has become addicted to Roxycodone, professional help should be sought out. If it is for you, you can admit yourself to a rehabilitation center. If the concern is for someone else, you can see a professional to assist with an intervention.
The signs of addiction are not all physical. An addict will show changes in their behavior that will be startling and sometimes frightening. The addict on the hunt for their high is going to jump from doctor to doctor in different cities and sometimes even different states to get as many new prescriptions as possible. Lying to a physician about symptoms is not uncommon. If an addict finds out a family member received medication for an injury, they will go as far as begging for the leftover medication, and if they are denied, they may steal them. Frequent visits to emergency rooms across the state are a ploy of an addict to get Roxycodone. Even though none of these behaviors are the same as going into the street to purchase them, they are just as illegal.
What Roxycodone Addiction Damages
The continuous side effects of Roxycodone take a toll on the body. If the medication is taken in higher doses or it is taken with cough syrup or sleeping pills, shallow breathing will likely occur, or they will become exhausted. If someone who takes seizure medicine takes Roxycodone, the seizure medication will affect how the body would generally remove the drug from the body. Death is listed as a side effect for Roxycodone.
It doesn’t matter how good the person’s values were before they became an addict. Once a narcotic takes control of the addict’s life, any moral inhibitions they once had will slowly dissipate. The only thing that will matter is getting their drug of choice and taking it. These behaviors may result in:
- an arrest record that eventually may result in lengthy imprisonment
- children who were once well taken care of may begin being neglected
- in a home that once was peaceful domestic violence might become an issue
- the addict may stop communication with family and friends
Roxycodone will become the most crucial concept of the addict’s life. Nothing else will matter. Kids won’t matter. Bills won’t matter. Work won’t matter. Losing everything will not matter. An addict will live out of their car, or even on the street.
An admission that there is a problem at the beginning of the healing process. At times, family and friends are in denial as well as the addict. When the addict is ready to quit, the safest method of treatment is for the addict to be checked into a rehabilitation center. Detoxification is only the first step once in treatment. Months, and sometimes years, of therapy and counseling, are needed for the addict to live a life that is not controlled by narcotics. Recovery begins with that first admission of addiction.