Roxicet is a pain reliever very similar to Percocet®. In fact, it is an almost identical drug, except that Roxicet offers varying levels of acetaminophen. There is no difference in the level or length of pain relief to that of Percocet so, Roxicet dependence addiction rates mirror that of other more powerful prescription opiates like Oxycodone® . Roxicet is available in tablet or liquid form.
How Does Roxicet® Work? Like Percocet, is a member of the opioid family. Most often prescribed in pill form, it attaches to the body’s opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract, chemically altering the body’s response to pain. Roxicet also affects the region of the brain which identifies and responds to pleasure. Upon consumption, the user may feel a rush of intense pleasure of euphoria.
The acetaminophen found in Roxicet is used to reduce fever. Fever is often a side effect of healing from injury.
Side effects of Roxicet Addiction
The side effects of Roxicet, when used as prescribed, are mild. They include dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, and constipation. Long-term use of acetaminophen may lead to liver problems, including jaundice or liver failure. Liver problems are compounded when the drug is taken with alcohol. Patients, who have liver disease, including cirrhosis, should not take Roxicet.
Chronic or habitual users of Roxicet may experience other side effects, including:
and High Blood Pressure
Interactions with other drugs, especially alcohol, may increase the potency of the drug and increase the risk of respiratory failure. Increased tolerance, which may lead to dependence, addiction, or overdose, is a potential and serious side effect of Roxicet. Patients who experience an increased tolerance need higher doses or more frequent dosing to achieve the same level of pain relief and/or euphoria. This physical dependency is often a warning sign that the user may be heading toward a full-blown addiction.
Patients are sometimes unaware that Percocet and Roxicet are essentially the same drug, and may feel they need more Roxicet than their doctor prescribed to achieve relief. This will create a level of tolerance faster than they would achieve with Percocet, and should be monitored closely by the physician.
Abuse: Prescription drug abuse is nearing epidemic proportions in the United States. Recent reports released by the Drug Enforcement Agency announced that prescription drugs are the second most abused drugs in the United States today, behind marijuana. Teens and adolescents are more likely to use and abuse prescription drugs than any other drug, including marijuana. Many users believe that prescription drugs are “safe” and less habit forming than their street counterparts. Unfortunately, neither assumption is true.
Roxicet is a highly addictive drug. Roxicet addiction and abuse is accompanied by a series of side effects, including anxiety, flu like symptoms, stomach and intestinal discomfort, muscle pain, sweating, convulsions, and seizures.
Illicit users crush, then snort,or mix the powder with liquid and inject it to receive a fast, heroin-like high and sense of euphoria.
Habitual users may “doctor shop” in an effort to find a physician or physicians willing to continue to write prescriptions and/or increase the dosage of the Roxicet. Habitual users will offer a myriad of reasons why they need their specific prescription refilled, including “allergies” to other drugs and “lost” prescriptions.
Roxicet has dangerous drug interactions, particularly with alcohol and antihistamines. When mixed together, these drugs can lead to life threatening respiratory depression and overdose.
Conclusion: Roxicet is a widely prescribed pain medication that blocks strategic pain receptors in the brain. Use beyond and over the prescribed amounts lead to dependence typically associated with over-medicating. There are numerous side-effects. Most of which mirror that of stronger Opiate-derivative use. Complete withdrawal from the drug may take up to a week and the strong physical dependency may lead to moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms, which include vomiting, diarrhea, cold flashes, restlessness, leg spasms, and muscle and bone pain, peak between forty-eight and seventy-two hours after the last dose.
Tapering the level and frequency of doses is the medically recommended method for weaning from Roxicet. Both inpatient detoxification and withdrawal programs and a methadone maintenance program may be needed to ensure a safe and sustained recovery.
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