Roxicet is a prescription medication with a combination of two active ingredients, which are oxycodone and acetaminophen. Roxicet comes in tablet form, and there’s also an oral solution available. Roxicet is available in a dosage that contains five mg of oxycodone and 325 mg of acetaminophen. The oral solution dosage is the same. Roxicet is intended to be prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain, according to prescribing guidelines. Before someone is prescribed Roxicet, their physician should go over their full medical history, including any history of substance misuse. Certain medical conditions might mean someone shouldn’t be prescribed Roxicet as well, including conditions causing respiratory depression. Roxicet shouldn’t typically be prescribed for use with other central nervous system depressants, and it should be used as a short-term medication to reduce the risk of addiction and dependence.
Oxycodone is an opioid drug, also called a narcotic. Oxycodone is a controlled substance and is classified as a Schedule II drug in the U.S. According to the federal government, Schedule II controlled substances have accepted medical uses but also a high risk of severe psychological and physical dependence. Controlled substances have to be carefully prescribed and dispensed, and doctors and pharmacists have to follow strict regulations and guidelines. For example, someone can only be prescribed a limited amount of Roxicet since it’s a controlled substance. It’s illegal to use a controlled substance outside of how it’s prescribed, although Roxicet and other opioids are often diverted from medical use. While the oxycodone in Roxicet is a controlled substance that can lead to addiction, acetaminophen isn’t. Acetaminophen is available in over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol.
Oxycodone is an opioid drug that’s one of the most commonly misused in the U.S. As the U.S. faces the effects of the ongoing opioid epidemic, understanding the risks of oxycodone is important. Oxycodone is very powerful in terms of becoming addictive, and it’s also widely available because it’s so frequently prescribed. Oxycodone is in Roxicet, but it’s also in quite a few other brand-name pain medications. Some of the most commonly misused drugs containing oxycodone include OxyContin, Percocet and Roxicodone. Oxycodone is used to treat acute pain following surgeries and injuries but also chronic pain, which is one of the reasons there is so much of it in circulation. The DEA now recommends against prescribing oxycodone-based drugs for chronic pain management, but that’s not always an option when people with chronic pain require the strength of this kind of medication. It’s a balancing act to avoid the risks of opioid addiction while making sure people who need the medications have access to them, and it’s something policymakers and medical professionals are currently struggling with.
The oxycodone in Roxicet works to relieve pain by activating opioid receptors. As oxycodone binds to opioid receptors, it changes how pain signals are sent from the brain and the body. Acetaminophen is an analgesic that reduces the production of chemicals called prostaglandins in the brain. Prostaglandins cause inflammation and swelling. Since Roxicet combats pain in multiple ways, it is very effective. However, the oxycodone in Roxicet can slow the central nervous system, leading to undesirable effects like dizziness, drowsiness and sedation. Some people experience euphoria or pleasant feelings when using Roxicet, and that can create addiction through the development of a reward and reinforcement response.
Finding out the half-life of Roxicet or any drug is important because it gives an estimate of how long the drug will stay in the system. The oxycodone in Roxicet has an average half-life estimate of just over three hours. That means within three hours the average person will have eliminated half a dose of Roxicet, at least regarding the oxycodone ingredient. With Roxicet, it’s important to understand the half-life of acetaminophen as well because it can cause liver damage or failure if too much is taken. The half-life of acetaminophen ranges from one to four hours in average patients. It usually takes five half-lives for a full dose of a drug to leave the person’s system. Based on the average estimates, it would take around 15 hours for oxycodone to leave the system of a patient and anywhere from five to 20 hours for all of the acetaminophen to leave their system.
Estimates for the half-life of oxycodone and acetaminophen are based on average patients. Certain factors can make these estimates shorter or longer for some people. The following are factors that influence how long Roxicet stays in your system.
- Some people have certain enzymes in their body and liver that may allow them to process substances like Roxicet more quickly.
- Age is one of the most important factors that influence how long Roxicet stays in your system. Older people, with all other factors being similar, tend to take longer for drugs to leave their system than younger people.
- If someone is smaller and takes a higher dose of Roxicet, they’re going to take longer to process it than a larger person taking the same dose.
- Overall health is important regarding how long it takes the body to eliminate the drug. Someone with health problems or impaired liver or kidney function will typically take longer to eliminate a drug like Roxicet from their system.
- If someone has a faster metabolism, most drugs are going to be eliminated from their system faster than someone with a slow metabolism.
- If someone uses Roxicet regularly, it may take longer for a dose to leave their system because it accumulates in the body.
Other factors that influence how long Roxicet stays in your system can include hydration and physical activity. Someone who is well-hydrated will eliminate drugs more quickly than someone who isn’t under similar circumstances. Being physically active can also cause drugs to leave the system more quickly.
The active opioid in Roxicet, oxycodone, can usually be detected by a standard drug test used in employment, medical or legal situations. When someone uses Roxicet, the oxycodone might be detectable in a urine test for anywhere from three to four days. In a hair test, oxycodone can show up for up to 90 days, which is true of most other drugs as well. Blood tests usually have the shortest detection window. A blood test might show the presence of oxycodone for around 24 hours after it’s used.
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