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Roxicodone is a prescription medication used by patients to manage their moderate to severe pain. It is an opioid analgesic and reduces pain by changing how the body and brain respond to it.
Common side effects associated with Roxicodone use include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. These side effects do not require medical attention and should decrease over time as the body adjusts to Roxicodone. Let your doctor know if they do not go away or if they get worse.
Serious side effects of Roxicodone, which should be reported to your doctor right away, include mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss.
You should seek emergency medical attention as soon as possible if any of the following severe side effects become noticeable after using Roxicodone: fainting, seizures, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, and symptoms of an allergic reaction such as rashes, itching or swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
Roxicodone should be taken by mouth only as directed by your doctor. This medication should be taken with or without food. For patients suffering from nausea, Roxicodone should be taken with some food.
If you are using Roxicodone in its liquid form, carefully measure out your doses with a special measuring device or spoon. Do not use household items as this will increase your risk of giving yourself an incorrect dose.
The Roxicodone dosage prescribed to you is based on your medical condition and how responsive you are to treatment. Do not adjust your dosage levels by any means and be sure to stop taking Roxicodone when your doctor tells you to.
In addition, make sure you use Roxicodone when the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsened, Roxicodone may not work as well.
Patients using Roxicodone responsibly may still develop a Roxicodone addiction or dependence since opioids are very addictive medications. Seek professional help as soon as possible if you notice any the following Roxicodone addiction symptoms in yourself or in someone you love: becoming obsessed with finding and taking Roxicodone, losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, suffering financial losses, or performing poorly at school or work.
Enrolling in an aftercare program following your initial addiction treatment is important since patients who have developed a Roxicodone addiction are always at risk of relapse. Aftercare programs are meant to support patients and minimize the risk of relapse as much as possible.
If you or someone you love is suffering from Roxicodone addiction or another type of substance abuse disorder, seek professional help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many resources and treatment options for those who are looking to live happier, healthier, substance-free lives.