Roxicodone, often called “Roxy” or “Roxi,” is a popular prescription medication whose addiction rate continues to grow by the day. Here is what you need to know about Roxi in 2019.
What is Roxicodone?
Roxicodone is a prescription medication used to alleviate severe pain. It is used when other non-opioid painkillers cannot effectively manage pain. The semi-synthetic opioid analgesic contains highly addictive properties, and it falls under DEA’s Schedule II narcotics.
What is the difference between Roxicodone and Oxycodone?
When defining Roxicodone, it is vital to mention that the chemical works by affecting the central nervous system, unlike Oxycodone, which is used for sustained pain relief. Roxi is an immediate-release tablet for relief against moderate to severe pain. Although Roxicodone is an effective moderate-to-severe chronic pain reliever, the immediate rush of pleasure it induces makes it highly addictive.
Information about Roxicodone addiction
Prescription drug addiction tends to go unnoticed. For some people, Roxicodone abuse may not be an issue as they follow their physician’s instructions. While some individuals may innocently begin their addiction journey, its consequences can be fatal.
Roxicodone addiction develops gradually, making it hard to notice for a casual observer. For instance, some people develop Roxi tolerance, requiring a higher dosage to gain the same pain-relieving impact. To reach their previous level of relief, they graduate to a non-prescribed dosage, and the body develops dependence. What’s more, the euphoric feeling may provide a pleasurable effect for some users, and even after the physical pain is gone, they continue to use it to numb emotional pain.
How do you know if someone is abusing Roxicodone?
If you are worried that you or your loved one is abusing Roxicodone, here are the early tells;
- Frequent trips to the medicine cabinet, resulting in the use of higher doses, on a more frequent basis, than prescribed
- Taking Roxi in an unprescribed or potentially more addictive manner such as crushing and snorting, smoking, or by injection
- Using Roxicodone without prescription
Symptoms of someone abusing Roxicodone
Roxicodone abuse symptoms vary by both the individual and the amount taken.
Moreover, factors such as body tolerance and frequency of use also play a role. However, common signs and symptoms of Roxicodone can be categorized into disturbances of (1) mood, (2) behavior, (3) psychological functioning, and (4) physical functioning. Here is a look at some of the signs and symptoms.
- Mood Disturbances: Mood swings, anger, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
- Behavioral Disturbances: Nervousness and restlessness; loss of appetite; tampered and forged prescriptions; using more than one doctor for prescriptions; impaired performance of daily activities; borrowing or stealing prescriptions from colleagues or family members.
- Psychological Disturbances: Psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations; confusion; and “brain fog” (experienced as a clouding of consciousness).
- Physical Disturbances: Fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, extreme weakness, increased respiratory infections, constipation, increased sweating, chest pains, seizures, and cardiac arrest.
Roxicodone abuse could rob you of your health, relationships, and financial performance, all at the same time. In the quest for a better tomorrow, it is critical to consider addiction recovery options. Since withdrawal symptoms could be a challenge, it is advisable to seek professional help from a reputable recovery institution.
If you or your loved one is on their recovery journey, do not hesitate to contact Pathway Healthcare for professional help. We will aid you through the journey of recovery and help you implement strategies and structure that will support sobriety and discourage relapse. You can count on us to support you or your loved one through this challenging but necessary undertaking.