Tylox is the name of a narcotic painkiller that combines acetaminophen and oxycodone. Each Tylox pill contains 5 mg of oxycodone and 500 mg of acetaminophen. The drug is usually prescribed for spasms, injuries, tension headaches and other instances of severe or moderate pain. Oxycodone, the drug's potent ingredient is classified in a group of drugs known as narcotic pain relievers. It has similar effects to codeine. On the other hand, acetaminophen is less potent and is a common over the counter pain reliever. However, it increases the effects of oxycodone. The combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen is widely used to relieve severe to moderate pain. Sometimes, Tylox is marketed under the generic names oxycodone hydrochloride or acetaminophen. It is a class C drug; this means that its effects and safety for unborn children is unknown and should therefore not be taken by expectant women.
Tylox contains active and inactive ingredients that may trigger allergic reactions when used in some cases. Before taking this drug, ensure that you provide your health care provider with your medical history especially if you have experienced problems like: liver and kidney diseases, brain disorders (seizures, tumors and head injuries), respiratory problems (sleep apnea, asthma), mental/ mood disorders (depression, confusion) and a personal history of abuse of alcohol/drugs.
Since it is a narcotic, Tylox is psychologically and physically addictive. Patients can experience both strong non-physical urges as well as physical withdrawal symptoms when they suddenly stop using the drug after long-term use. In many cases, the treatment for Tylox addiction can be complicated by the underlying and ongoing pain that originally prompted the user to start taking the drug. Addiction to Tylox is known to cause problems at work and can result in unemployment since it causes confusion, fatigue, disorientation and lack of focus. In extreme cases, taking excessive amounts of this drug can result in severe respiratory distress.
Tylox can be a gateway drug that leads the patient to start taking heroin. When the Tylox supply is severed, most addicts may start using heroin as a replacement. Considering that heroin is unavailable by prescription and is illegal, switching to heroin use marks an important turning point to the patient's addiction. Overuse of Tylox occasioned by addiction can also lead to fatal overexposure to the drugs non-potent ingredient, acetaminophen. Excessive intake of acetaminophen resulting from long-term use often leads to liver complications.
If you stop using Tylox suddenly after a period of sustained use, you may start experiencing certain withdrawal symptoms. This happens because the human body easily becomes dependent on the active ingredients of Tylox and this results in a number of physical reactions when you suddenly stop taking them. Tylox withdrawal symptoms can be experienced after chronic, medically prescribed use as well as Tylox abuse. The physical reactions to Tylox withdrawal vary in intensity and may include:
Apart from the physical Tylox withdrawal symptoms, you may also experience psychological or emotional withdrawal symptoms. This often manifests in an overpowering urge to take Tylox even when you actually do not have to. When pregnant mothers take Tylox, the baby may also start experiencing these withdrawal symptoms immediately after birth. The long term effects to the baby are unkown.
Although the symptoms of Tylox withdrawal may not often be dangerous, they can be quite unpleasant. Things can get so uncomfortable that you may continue taking the drug in order to relieve those withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, in order to limit the effects Tylox withdrawal symptoms, you should never stop taking the drug "cold turkey." Healthcare providers use a number of methods to free you from dependence while minimizing the withdrawal effects of Tylox. You should therefore vital to put yourself under supervision by a medical professional when you stop using Tylox. The physician may have ways of lessening your dependence on the drug by recommending smaller doses with time. Detox can take a few days but a lot depends on how severe the addiction is. You may also be provided with other medications to help treat the common physical Tylox withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, depression and nausea.