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Roxicodone Addiction Treatment

Roxicodone is a class two controlled medication approved for the treatment of moderate to severe pain in 1976 by the Federal Drug Administration. Roxicodone is known by many names; such as the brand name's Oxicotin, M-oxy, Eth-oxydose, Oxyfast and Oxyir. It is also available in generic form by the name Oxicodone and Hydrocodone. Although it is not known how the drug works on the brain it is speculated that the drug stimulates the opiate receptors in the person's brain. Roxicodone does not erase the feeling of pain but instead increases the person's ability to tolerate the pain by reducing discomfort. Additionally, Roxicodone causes sedation as well as depresses the respiratory system.

What is Roxicodone?

Roxicodone is a very strong but effective narcotic medication prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Roxicodone is similar to morphine, codeine and hydrocodone as is found in prescription cough syrup. It is also highly addictive, especially if taken for long periods of time. Taking the medication only as prescribed and then only if your pain is unbearable may reduce your risk of developing a dependency to the drug. In 1965 the Federal drug administration approved Roxicodone for the treatment of chronic pain.

How is it administered?

Roxicodone is available in tablet form with dosages from 5 to 30 milligrams and in increments of 5 milligrams. In a controlled release tablet the dosages are in increments of five from five to 20 milligrams. After twenty milligrams the dosage goes up from increments of ten milligrams starting at 20 milligrams to 60 milligrams and then goes up to 160 milligram strengths.

Signs of Dependence:

Physiological dependence can include such symptoms as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, muscular pains, nausea, weakness, inability to sleep and a fast heart rhythm. Physiological dependence occurs when the nerve receptors in the brain adapt and begin to resist the drug's effects. This naturally causes an increased need for the drug to gain the same relief effects obtained initially. This cycle of increased drug tolerance if left unchecked and unreported can lead to addiction.

Physical dependence does not however necessitate an addiction to Roxicodone. Many people who take Roxicodone or another opiate are physically dependant but not addicted. They do not go out of their way to try and obtain the drug and the drug when taken as prescribed is not harming them.

Addiction Signs and Symptoms:

Signs of psychological opiate addiction may include seeking other drugs, taking the medication more often than prescribed or taking more at a time than was prescribed. In some people Roxicodone can cause feelings of euphoria consequently it is often illegally sought after and abused.

Withdrawal Symptoms:

Roxicodone withdrawal symptoms can include cold or allergy like symptoms, headaches, muscular pains, irritability, agitation, emotional outbursts; including possible verbal abuse and other behavioral changes and moods, depression and suicidal thoughts or actions. Any of these symptoms indicate the need for professional intervention and treatment.

Treatment for Roxicodone Addiction:

There are several methods available for Roxicodone addiction treatment. Treatment however is often difficult because those addicted often are in denial, discount their use and justify the use of the drug. Family and friends however, may fear repercussion from their loved one for intruding or having to take responsibility for the individuals addiction. Additionally, addiction is a persistent disease with no known lasting low cost cure. Recovery when and if it occurs is unstable as relapse is an ongoing danger.

Roxicodone addiction treatment first requires the safe detoxification of the drug from the person's body. This entails the safe medically supervised withdrawal of the substance. Detoxification in and of itself is not a cure as many individuals will resume using the drug if they do not receive further help. The symptoms of withdrawal which can include; agitation, tremors, mood changes, anxiety, cold and hot flashes, tearful outbursts, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting can cause a great deal of discomfort however, they are not life threatening but merely a part of the body and neurons in the brain readjusting to the lack of the drug. In many instances it is a necessity for the beginning of forthcoming treatment. If the individual makes it through detox then the second phase: Treatment begins. There is no one treatment modality that works for everyone. Oftentimes treatment can be hit and miss until a successful treatment method that works for the individual is found. Such treatments for opiate addictions are behavior modification, psychosexual treatment and the use of another monitored prescription drug. If another drug is used in the treatment of an opiate addiction it is used and strictly monitored by trained medical personnel and is controlled for a week at most, usually. During the medical drug administration the dosage is continually reduced. This form of medical treatment is believed to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. In any case the use of Roxicodone should never be stopped cold turkey. Doing so could be dangerous and is unsafe for the user. If you or someone you care about is addicted to Roxicodone seek help. There are many treatment facilities available; both inpatient and outpatient that can help you and keep you safe.

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