Roxicodone is a medication prescribed to patients to relieve their moderate to severe pain. It is classified as an opioid analgesic, which means that it reduces pain by changing how the body and brain respond to it.
Just like starting any new medication, Roxicodone can produce side effects in some patients. More common side effects of Roxicodone, which do not require medical attention, include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, and drowsiness. These should all decrease after you have been using Roxicodone for a while. If they do not decrease or happen to worsen, let your doctor know.
Although many people using Roxicodone do not experience serious side effects, it is important to be aware of them in case of an emergency. Serious side effects of Roxicodone, which should be immediately reported to your doctor, include mood changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss.
Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice any of the following severe side effects 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.
This is not a complete list of potential Roxicodone side effects. If you believe that you are experiencing a side effect of this medication that is not listed above, call your doctor.
Patients who no longer want to use Roxicodone should schedule a meeting with their doctors to discuss their treatment options. This is important, as Roxicodone should never be stopped suddenly or “cold turkey.” Abruptly stopping your Roxicodone treatment will greatly increase your risk of experiencing the withdrawal symptoms. Most doctors will gradually taper off a Roxicodone patient’s dosage over time so that the body can adjust to less of the medication. This strategy will also help patients avoid the most severe withdrawal symptoms.
Common withdrawal symptoms of Roxicodone can include irritability, agitation, depression, insomnia, thoughts of suicide, anxiety, inability to concentrate, diarrhea, sweating, body aches, runny nose, headaches, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat.
The withdrawal timeline and symptom duration for those who are quitting Roxicodone differ from patient to patient. This is because each patient has a unique physiology that contributes to how medications are processed. A patient’s age, organ functions, genetics, whether they tapered off Roxicodone all contribute to how quickly withdrawal symptoms will subside. On average, withdrawal symptoms of Roxicodone last about a week.
If you are having trouble managing the withdrawal symptoms of Roxicodone, seek a medically assisted detoxification program to support you during this difficult time. This type of program allows patients to detox in a safe place while being able to ask medically trained staff any questions they have about the withdrawal process. Remember, everyone experiences withdrawal differently. For this reason, never be afraid to ask for help in managing your withdrawal symptoms.
Always keep an updated list of medications that you use and share this information with your doctor. This list should include prescription medications, herbal products, over-the-counter drugs, and any other substance you may take, as these can all cause an interaction with Roxicodone.
Substances that have been known to interact with Roxicodone include pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol, and naltrexone.
Your risk of serious side effects may increase if you use Roxicodone with other medications that cause drowsiness or breathing difficulty. These products include codeine, hydrocodone, alcohol, cannabis, sleeping drugs, alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem, carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine, cetirizine, and diphenhydramine.
Other medications can change how Roxicodone is removed from the body and, therefore, can change its effectiveness. These products include azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, HIB medications, rifamycins, and seizure medications, among others.
Choosing a Roxicodone center to support you during recovery is a major step in living a happier, healthier, substance-free life. Set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss what features you should look for in a Roxicodone center in order to make the most informed decision possible.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Roxicodone addiction or another substance use disorder, seek help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has many resources for those who are looking to overcome addiction.
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