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What is Roxicodone?
Roxicodone, an opioid analgesic drug, is a medication that helps treat moderate to severe pain. It works in the brain to switch how your body feels and responds to pain. This medicine’s primary work is to manage moderate to severe acute or chronic pain when other treatments are insufficient. It may improve the quality of life in certain types of pain.
Roxicodone’s extended-release design is for around-the-clock treatment of pain, and one should not use it on an as-needed basis for pain. It is available in immediate-release and controlled-release formulations. It is usually present in oral form. It is still unclear if use in chronic pain improves the quality of life or ongoing pain relief.
You should avoid taking Roxicodone if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- Asthma (severe) or breathing problems; or
- Blockage in stomach or intestines
It would help if you did not take Roxicodone unless you already have a similar opioid treatment and are tolerant of it. Most brands of this medicine are not for use in people younger than 18 years old.
Opioid medication like Roxicodone can stop or slow your breath, and death may occur. Your attendant should give you naloxone and get emergency medical attention if you have blue-colored lips, slow breathing with long pauses, or if you are hard to wake up.
What to know before taking Roxicodone?
Before using Roxicodone, tell your medical healthcare provider if you have ever had:
- Sleep apnea, breathing problems;
- Seizures, or a head injury;
- Urination problem;
- Kidney or liver disease;
- Drug or alcohol addiction;
- Urination problems; or
- Problems with your pancreas, gallbladder, or thyroid
If you are using an opioid medication during your pregnancy, you could give birth to a drug-dependent baby. It can lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby. An opioid-dependent baby may need treatment for several weeks.
Consult the doctor before taking opioid medication during breastfeeding. If you notice slow breathing or severe drowsiness in your baby, inform the doctor.
How to take Roxicodone?
Read carefully and follow all the instructions on your prescription label and medication guides. Never use Roxicodone in smaller or larger amounts or for longer than recommended. If you are feeling an increased urge to use this medicine, inform your doctor.
Never share opioid medicine like Roxicodone with someone else, especially someone with a past of drug abuse or addiction. Misuse of Roxicodone can cause addiction, overdose, or death. It is against the lawful act to sell or give away opioid medicine.
Stop taking all the other opioid pain medications while you start taking Roxicodone extended-release.
Store Roxicodone away from heat and moisture at room temperature. Keep track of your drug. Be aware of someone misusing your medication or taking it without a prescription because Roxicodone is a drug of abuse.
Dispose of leftover opioid medication. Just one improper or an accidental dose of Roxicodone can cause death.
Have food before taking Roxicodone. Never break or crush a pill to inhale the powder or mix it into a liquid for injection into your vein. It can lead to death. Carefully measure the liquid medicine. Use a dosing syringe or medicine dose-measuring device.
Swallow the whole capsule without crushing, chewing, breaking, opening, or dissolving it to avoid exposure to a potentially fatal overdose. Suppose it is hard for you to consume the whole capsule, open and sprinkle the pill into a spoonful of applesauce or pudding. Swallow the mixture instantly without chewing.
Your daily dosage will depend upon:
- Your age
- Your medical condition
- Your reaction to the initial treatment
Do not go for a sudden stop on using Roxicodone. Consult the doctor before tapering your dose.
Take immediate medical help or call the Poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of Roxicodone may be deadly, especially in a child or someone taking it without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include pinpoint pupils, severe drowsiness, slow breathing, or no breathing.
Your doctor may recommend you keep naloxone (a drug to reverse opioid overdose) with you all the time. Anyone can get naloxone from a local health department or pharmacy. Ensure your caretaker knows where you keep it and how to use naloxone.
What to avoid while using Roxicodone?
Avoid alcohol consumption because it can cause dangerous side effects or death.
Avoid driving a vehicle or operating any machinery until you know Roxicodone’s effect on you. Dizziness or drowsiness (severe) can cause accidental falls or severe injuries.
Always check the brand and strength before buying Roxicodone to avoid medication errors.
Roxicodone side effects
Go for emergency medical help if you have allergic reactions due to the use of Roxicodone. Signs of an allergic reaction include issues with breathing, hives, swelling of your face, throat, lips, or tongue.
Call your doctor instantly if you have:
- Weak pulse or slow heart rate;
- Shallow breathing, sighing, noisy breathing, breathing that stops during sleep;
- Unusual thoughts or behavior, confusion;
- A light-headed feeling;
- High serotonin level in the body- fever, agitation, shivering, sweating, hallucinations, muscle stiffness, fast heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of coordination, twitching
- Low cortisol levels- nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, worsening weakness or tiredness, dizziness
Older adults, malnourished people with wasting syndrome, or chronic breathing problems are more likely to have severe breathing problems after Roxicodone.
Common side effects of Roxicodone may include:
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain; or
- Dizziness, tiredness, drowsiness, headache
It is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Take your doctor’s medical advice regarding side effects. Report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What drugs can interact with Roxicodone?
You may have withdrawal symptoms or breathing problems if you take certain other medications. It can interact with various drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Tell your medical healthcare provider if you also take blood pressure or heart medicine, antifungal medication, antibiotics, seizure medications, or treatment that helps treat HIV or hepatitis C.