Tylox is an opiate based pain-killing drug which contains a combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. Although there are no official 'street names' for Tylox it is commonly referred to as 'Percs' or 'Roxy'. A patient is far more likely to develop an addiction to Tylox if they already have a predisposition to drug or alcohol abuse. It is important to be aware that taking Tylox can lead to addiction so it's essential for health care providers who prescribe this medication to look out for patients who are displaying obvious signs of addiction. If a person starts 'doctor shopping' or getting through prescriptions too quickly these can be signs that the patient is taking too many of the tablets. Patients may even tell lies and claim that they have misplaced or lost a prescription in order to get their hands on more Tylox so doctors need to pay close attention to this type of behaviour.
Patients whose pain is not adequately controlled can sometimes display signs of addiction. For example, if their prescription is not strong enough to control their pain levels, they will often seek higher doses of the drug. Opium-based pain killing drugs like Tylox are designed to increase tolerance to pain as well as dull the feelings of pain but because they often leave patients feeling euphoric or 'high' it is too easy to become hooked on higher doses of the drug.
Common side affects of Tylox addiction are nausea, constipation, mood swings, light headedness, vomiting, drowsiness and visual disturbances. More serious side effects can cause jaundice (yellowing of the skin), irregular heartbeat, dark urine and difficulty swallowing. Tylox is a depressant and so often leaves users feeling 'chilled out' and disconnected from their surroundings and this is what leads to it being highly addictive when it is misused and sometimes even when it is used as directed. A person who is addicted to Tylox can be prone to irritability and can also become emotionally volatile so it's important for close friends and family to look out for these traits in people who are taking the drug.
Many people who become addicted or who end up overdosing on Tylox do so by accident. In 2011, prescription drug abuse was the second main cause of admissions to treatment centers, just after cocaine. Over the years, the media has reported about several high profile celebrities who have overdosed by taking prescription drugs such as Tylox but this does not appear to have deterred the general public from abusing it.
Tylox addiction statistics show that the average person who has an addiction to a prescription drug like Tylox will usually 'self medicate', and once their prescription has run out they will buy the drug elsewhere.
According to scientific research, the number of deaths from opioid pain killing drugs like Tylox has doubled since 1991 and an increased use of Tylox is actually behind these increased rates of death.
In 2010, judicial records revealed that over 70% of crimes that are reported in the USA are committed by people who are abusing prescription drugs such as Tylox. Worryingly, some of these people can't remember actually carrying out these crimes because they have suffered from memory loss and confusion as a result of taking Tylox.
Tylox statistics show that if addicts try to give up the drug by going cold turkey they only have a 3% chance of success. Cold turkey is rarely successful due to the long battle a patient will face with cravings as well as other physical and mental side effects.
Nine times out of ten, doctors will highly recommend that a patient with an addiction to Tylox should undergo detox with residential treatment or detox as an outpatient. During detox, a patient is generally given either methadone or suboxone to help control the unbearable withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately this is not always the best answer because these replacement drugs are both addictive as well. Patients are usually assessed individually in order to determine the best type of treatment for them and in some cases; patients will be advised to undergo rapid medical detox or ultra rapid medical detox, usually in a rehabilitation center.
It's imperative that addicts complete their treatment or else they will most certainly have a relapse. A person who is addicted to Tylox needs to be taken away from their usual day to day lives to prevent 'triggers' from weakening their resolve. Sometimes, certain people are a bad influence, so an addict must completely sever all ties with his previous 'addict' life. Most importantly, a patient must admit that they have a problem and seek the relevant help themselves. Giving up a drug to make someone else happy can sometimes be the wrong reason to go into rehab. A person should want to become clean and not have to rely on a drug for survival in order to achieve success.