There are literally dozens of different types of prescription pain relievers available on the market these days. With the growing demand for prescription pain killers, there also becomes the increased risk for abuse of these prescription drugs. Some of the most commonly abused drugs today are in the opioid family. Whether they are prescribed for a legitimate means of alleviating pain, or stolen from the medicine cabinet of a person with a valid prescription, abuse of opiate pain killers is growing each year. It isn't just teenagers, junkies, and lowlives who are abusing these drugs, as many people would often simply assume with the label "drug addict". It is people from all socioeconomic levels, all education levels, and all age groups who are susceptible to addiction to these types of drugs. Among one of the most commonly abused is a painkiller called roxicodone.
There are a number of different names for this drug. Most people know it as Oxycodone, and the drug takes many different forms. Also known as Percocet, Percodan, Endocet, Roxicet, Tylox, etc. It is often combined with acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen to create different effectiveness levels for patients. It is usually prescribed as a treatment for moderate to severe pain, but there are some other uses for the medication as well. It comes in many forms; tablets, extended release tablets, or liquid solutions.
This medication is most commonly prescribed as a pill in a rapid release form. This means that as soon as the medication is swallowed, it begins to be absorbed by the stomach and move to the bloodstream. These tablets are typically taken every 4-6 hours with food. The liquid form of the medication is sometimes faster acting, and is typically used in place of pills for either children or for people who cannot swallow the sometimes large tablets. The liquid form is also usually taken every 4-6 hours. Extended release tablets are only recommeded for use every 12 hours and work as a longer acting solution for chronic pain. This medication should not be taken for longer than prescribed or for anything other than what it is prescribed. Patients should also carefully follow the dosing instructions given by the doctor and not exceed the recommended dosage. If the medication is not working, do not take more to get better results. Contact your doctor immediately to discuss other options for pain relief.
There are a number of side effects associated with roxicodone. Nausea, constipation, and vomiting are the most commonly listed side effects of the medication. Itching also occurs in many patients who are taking the medication. The medication also can cause restlessness, drowsiness, insomnia, or anxiety in patients.
There are a number of risks associated with taking Roxicodone. Perhaps the greatest risks for taking the medication are dependence and overdose. Patients will often begin taking more of this medication as their bodies develop a tolerance to the opiates. When this happens, greater doses are often needed in order to achieve pain relief. This can often lead to overdose and dependence. If you have been taking this medication for a prolonged period of time, do not stop taking it as this can lead to withdrawl.
Anybody who has taken Roxicodone for any amount of time may begin to experience the symptoms of withdrawl from the medication. Symptoms include nausea, fever, muscle aches, sweating, insomnia, runny nose, yawning, tremors, weakness, fatigue, diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, depression, and a number of other symptoms. Withdrawl symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, which is often the reason why people will continue to take the medication. If you are experiencing the symptoms of withdrawl, contact your doctor, and you will most likely be gradually tapered down in your dosage of roxicodone to alleviate the discomfort and effects associated with opiate withdrawl. Your doctor may also recommend treatment at either an inpatient or outpatient addiction center in order to completely address your addiction.
Dependence on prescription pain relievers is getting more common every year. Among the most commonly abused prescription pain killers is Roxicodone, an opiate analgesic prescribed for moderate to severe pain. While the drug is certainly effective at alleviating pain in some patients, it can be severely habit-forming. Take precautions when using this medication to follow your doctor's instructions closely. Never take more than is prescribed or for longer than prescribed, and NEVER share this medication with anybody other than for whom it is prescribed.