Roxicodone® is a brand name of its parent, generic drug, Oxycodone. Oxycodone a synthetic (man-made) substance, derived from thebaine. Roxicodone is prescribed by physicians for treating moderate to severe pain. It is available in 5mg, 15mg and 30mg tablets. It is an opioid analgesic. Some experts say it has a high likelihood for misuse, abuse and addiction, especially when taken for an extended period of time.
- Roxicodone is classified as a Schedule II narcotic
Roxicodone is considered a short-acting, pain reliever. The most common brand name for controlled-release Oxycodone is the brand named OxyContin.
Quick facts about Roxicodone:
- The maximum dosage of Roxicodone is a 30mg pill
- After ingesting, it generally works for about 12 hrs
- Roxicodone is a short-acting analgesic
- It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain
- Standard interval between doses is usually 3 hours
- It’s prescribed for any body pain, including post-operative
- Check to see if there is an allergic reaction
- It is a pure form of Oxycodone
- It should always be taken with supreme caution
Roxicodone can take 10 to 30 minutes to feel the effects, after taking a dose. The full effects can take 30 to 60 minutes. Learn about the long-term and short-term effects of Roxicodone here.
Roxicodone vs. Oxycodone
Don’t waste money or be taken advantage of by your pharmacist by buying Roxicodone. It is the more expensive form of Oxycodone.
- The difference between Roxicodone and Oxycodone is there isn’t any difference, except by name only
Oxycodone is the generic name, while Roxicodone is a brand name for exact same drug. One is generic, meaning the patent has expired, so it costs less. If you were prescribed Oxycodone, the pharmacy may offer Roxicodone instead. So, the only reason to buy Roxicodone is if the dosage you were prescribed isn’t available.
- Here’s an article by the Harvard Business Review, about how big pharma manipulates the drug market
Called “Roxie” On The Street
There’s no debate, however, that Roxicodone, which often goes by the street name “Roxies,” has potential for abuse and addiction. Here’s a list of some of the ways people abuse Roxicodone:
- The most common form of abuse is taking more than the prescribed dosage of the opioid or using it for longer than recommended.
- Users will also sometimes crush the pills and snort the powder
- Still, others cook the powder down to liquid form and inject the drug
Over time, it’s easy for users to develop a tolerance to opioids, meaning they need more of the drug to achieve the same feelings its euphoria effects. Roxicodone withdrawal symptoms can kick within 10 to 12 hours and last for several days.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the most common Roxicodone withdrawal symptoms, can include the following:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramping
- Anxiety, agitation and depression
- Insomnia, sweating and runny nose
Withdrawal from Roxicodone and other opioid medications is so painful and uncomfortable that even users who want to quit will turn to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to get, in order to get relief.
Abuse & Addiction
When it comes to the opioid family of drugs, there is no doubt Roxicodone is addictive. How addictive or why some people develop a Roxicodone addiction and others do not is debatable, according to most physicians.
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggests that nearly 12 million Americans misused prescription painkillers, like Roxicodone, in 2016 alone, which has prompted federal legislators to find a solution.
“Opioid addiction and abuse is commonly happening to those being treated for acute pain, such as a broken bone or wisdom tooth extraction,” Senators John McCain and Kirsten Gillibrand wrote in the bipartisan Opioid Addiction Prevention Act.
Not everyone agrees, however, that medications like roxicodone are driving a crisis of opioid addiction and overdose. Dr. Sally Satel, a practicing psychiatrist, lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine and Politico contributor notes that opioid prescriptions have shown a downward trend since 2011. Dr. Satel, though, is pushing back on this narrative, writing that “it misconstrues the facts.”
Among the studies Satel cites as evidence is a SAMHSA survey, which found that only 2 percent – about 1.6 million – of the 87 million adults used a prescription opioid, such as Roxicodone, in 2016 developed a pain reliever use disorder.
“Indeed, when patients do become addicted during the course of pain treatment with prescribed opioids, often they simultaneously face other medical problems such as depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions, or current or prior problems with drugs or alcohol,” Satel writes.
On one hand, opioids are powerful medications that help many people suffering from chronic pain manage their day-to-day lives. Advocates for chronic pain management argue they shouldn’t be punished by legislation making it more difficult to obtain prescription opioids – Roxicodone and others – simply because a certain segment of the population has difficulty with the medications.
What’s Driving Overdose Deaths
“Fentanyl and heroin (which itself is usually tainted to some extent with fentanyl) together were present in more than two-thirds of all opioid related deaths in 2016,” Satel writes as one reason for the rise in total opioid-related deaths.
Dr. Satel cites a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that at least half of all opioid-related deaths are associated with other drugs, such as alcohol and cocaine.
Modern Approach To Addiction Treatment
As the debate continues, it’s important to remember that Roxicodone or heroin addiction is treatable. Physicians have a number of tools for medically assisted treatment (MAT), like Naloxone and some benzodiazepines, which can ease withdrawal symptoms and help users break the cycle of active physical addiction.
MAT coupled with certain therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, has shown positive results in helping people addicted to Roxicodone and other opioids, including heroin, overcome their dependence.
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