Roxicodone is a brand name for Oxycodone hydrochloride USP tablets made in extended release dosages of 15 and 30 mg by the Roxane Laboratories. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain and has a high risk potential for addiction. Physical dependency on Roxicodone begins when the individual can no longer function normally without consuming the drug and psychological dependency occurs when there is a compelling need to use the drug in certain situations or at a particular time. Roxycodone acts as a central nervous system depressant and produces similar effects as morphine and with continued use, dependencies often lead to addiction. Addiction occurs when the user continues to use Roxicodone in ways other than prescribed, more often, and despite adverse consequences. As tolerance levels of the addict are increased and their bodies become adjusted to consumption of the drug on a regular basis, changes in behaviors, mental abilities to handle stress, and physical side effects may become more problematic. The addict may be unable to stop using Roxicodone on their own and may need to seek treatment from a qualified professional. Roxicodone can produce a variety of withdrawal symptoms when use is discontinued.
Side Effects of Roxicodone Addiction
Beyond dependency and addiction, Roxicodone can be very dangerous when combined with other drugs such as alcohol, barbiturates, sedatives, stimulants, and muscle relaxers. There has been an increase in overdose cases as abusers have found ways to bypass Roxycodone’s time release properties in efforts to inject or snort the drug. This causes rapid ingestion of the opioid narcotic and produces the intense “high” the addict desires. As a central nervous system depressant, Roxicodone can cause respiratory depression, cardiovascular problems, and other impairments due to fundamental changes in brain activities. Roxicodone also has effects on the gastrointestinal system and may cause nausea, constipation and other ailments within the soft tissues of the stomach and intestines. Withdrawal symptoms can cause numerous issues and depends on the level of addiction and its duration.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Roxicodone Addiction
These symptoms can be physical and psychological in nature. They are usually unpleasant and can be managed within a safe treatment environment. The most common withdrawal symptoms are nausea, vomiting, chills, shallow breathing, nervousness, anxiety, confusion, dry mouth, tremors, and severe weakness. More severe symptoms may include seizures, coma, and death