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Roxycodone is a prescription pain medication that has been categorized by the FDA as a Schedule II narcotic with highly addictive properties and abuse potential. Roxycodone may also be called Roxies, particularly when encountered on the illicit drug market. When used legitimately for pain relief in clinical settings, it can relieve moderate to severe pain and is an immediate release version of oxycodone.

Roxycodone Abuse

Abuse of Roxycodone can occur even through legitimate use of the drug. Even if an individual has had no history of substance abuse, but develops a tolerance to a certain dose of Roxycodone, they may increase their dose without consulting with their physician to experience pain relief. In low doses, Roxycodone can help with pain management by affecting the way the central nervous system responds to pain. In higher doses however, Roxycodone can produce a high very similar to heroin or any other opiate. Whether through legitimate or non-medical use, individuals who use Roxycodone for long enough will ultimately develop physical dependence to the drug over time. If dependence does occur Roxycodone users will have take the drug or other opiates or prescription drugs to avoid opiate withdrawal or get help detoxing from the drug.

Roxycodone Risk of Addiction

Anyone with a past or current history of substance abuse is at the highest risk of abusing Roxycodone, and the drug is often diverted for non-medical abuse by individuals who abuse opiates. Much like heroin, Roxycodone can be administered in a variety of ways to get high and it can be taken in high enough doses to experience a high similar to heroin. So, someone who wants to achieve a high from Roxycodone can consume more than a typically prescribed dose in an effort to achieve an opiate high, or they can also crush the drug snort and it so that it goes directly to the brain and into the blood stream. Non-medical users have also been known to crush prescription pain killers and dilute them for injection, for more immediate and intense gratification.

Roxycodone Overdose

Because Roxycodone is a depressant and can very easily stop a person's breathing to the point of death, it is a dangerous drug to abuse non-medically. Overdoses are common particularly among individuals who combine Roxycodone with other prescription drugs, street drugs, and/or alcohol which will intensify the depressant effects of the drug. Roxycodone overdose symptoms may include shallow breathing, extreme drowsiness, slowed heart rate, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, confusion, pinpoint pupils, fainting, or coma. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms while taking the drug or witness an Opana user experiencing any of these overdose symptoms contact 911 immediately.

Roxycodone Withdrawal

As mentioned earlier, anyone who stops using Roxycodone abruptly will begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms, which are similar to those experienced in heroin withdrawal. Even someone with no prior drug history is going to experience this type of withdrawal when they stop taking the drug. They may engage in drug seeking behaviors such as doctor shopping to get more of the drug, theft, etc. If legitimate users and non-medical users need help getting off of the drug they will have to endure withdrawal, but it can be easily overcome within a matter of days and preferably in a professional drug detox facility which specializes in prescription pain medication withdrawal.

Because some of these individuals may have a valid prescription for Roxycodone, it can be difficult to determine if there is a problem with abuse. Prescription pain killer addiction and opiate addiction is the most significant drug problem facing Americans, yet it is treatable when the appropriate measures are taken soon enough.

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