Roxicet is a brand-name, prescription pain medication. Used to alleviate acute and short-term pain ranging from moderate to severe, Roxicet is a combination drug. The active ingredients in Roxicet are oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is a powerful opioid that changes how the brain and body sense and respond to pain signals. Acetaminophen is a commonly used medication available over-the-counter. Since oxycodone and acetaminophen affect pain and the brain in different ways, when they’re used together they’re incredibly effective. Despite the medical uses of Roxicet, there are risks and black box warnings associated with this drug. Oxycodone is an opioid, so it can lead to addiction and physical dependence. When someone uses Roxicet for a period of time, their brain and body are used to its effects on opioid receptors. The brain then changes its functionality to adjust to the presence of oxycodone, which is a dependence. Acetaminophen doesn’t lead to dependence or withdrawal symptoms. When someone’s dependent on Roxicet, they may experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop using it or reduce their dose. Common Roxicet withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Muscle aches and pains
- Symptoms similar to the flu
- High blood pressure
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Runny nose
- Tearing of the eyes
- Changes in mood
The Roxicet withdrawal timeline refers to how long someone experiences withdrawal symptoms. Symptom duration for Roxicet withdrawal can vary depending on factors such as how long someone used the drug and whether they were also dependent on other substances. For most Roxicet-dependent people, withdrawal symptoms will start anywhere from a few hours after the last dose, to up to 16 hours after stopping Roxicet. The early-stage Roxicet withdrawal symptoms can include goosebumps, dilated pupils and symptoms similar to having a cold. Early-stage psychological symptoms can include agitation, restlessness, anxiety and changes in sleep patterns. The peak symptoms of Roxicet withdrawal will usually start 36 to 72 hours after the last dose of the drug is used. This is when symptoms of withdrawal can be most severe. Someone might experience flu-like symptoms, nausea and vomiting. Psychological symptoms can include anxiety, intense cravings and depression. Within the first week, most people will see their Roxicet withdrawal symptoms lessen. Some people may have lingering psychological symptoms for weeks, however.
There are different options for managing symptoms of Roxicet withdrawal. Some people might opt for an at-home Roxicet withdrawal. In doing so, it’s advisable to follow a physician’s instructions for gradually tapering down on the amount of Roxicet used rather than stopping cold turkey. Stopping cold turkey can cause the most severe Roxicet withdrawal symptoms, and this can be difficult to manage at home. Complications such as dehydration can also occur during an at-home opioid withdrawal, which may end up requiring hospitalization. For most people, the best option for managing symptoms of Roxicet withdrawal is either to follow a physician’s instructions when doing it at home or to go to a professional opioid detox facility. Opioid withdrawal isn’t typically deadly, but it can be very difficult to manage without medical help.
When someone is going through a Roxicet detox, it can be difficult physically and psychologically. Many people need support to deal with the symptoms, and that’s why they might opt for a medical detox. During a medical detox, patients stay in a facility specifically designed for this purpose. Patients in a medical detox receive around-the-clock care and support. Many rehab centers offer a full medical detox as the first step of treatment. When someone goes to a professional detox center for Roxicet withdrawal, they have the benefit of a supportive, safe and comfortable environment where complications and discomfort can be minimized. Opioids also have medications approved for use during detox and withdrawal. Medications like buprenorphine can be provided to patients to help minimize withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Medications may also be given to treat symptoms of withdrawal as-needed. If someone experiences severe side effects, they receive immediate treatment in a professional, medical detox.
When choosing a Roxicet detox center, many people benefit from going with a program that’s part of a treatment center. Otherwise, the patient will have to be transferred or referred to another facility upon completing Roxicet detox. Another consideration is choosing a Roxicet center that creates personalized treatment plans and can provide dual diagnosis treatment. Mental health disorders often accompany addiction disorders. When someone chooses a dual diagnosis Roxicet center, they can be assessed and start treatment for mental health disorders leading up to addiction treatment.
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Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Roxicet Abuse
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