Roxicodone, a prescription painkiller, can relieve those struggling with unbearable pain. However, this powerful opioid can also be misused, leading to addiction and other serious health issues. Recognizing the signs of Roxicodone abuse is crucial so you can intervene and encourage a loved one to get help.
If you suspect someone close to you is abusing Roxicodone, they may need the support of Promises Brazos Valley’s outpatient drug rehab. Call us at 979.426.0086 to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help someone you care about recover from Roxicodone addiction.
What Is Roxicodone?
Roxicodone is a prescription opioid that treats moderate to severe pain from surgeries, injuries, or serious medical conditions like cancer. This drug is a brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride and is sometimes referred to by its street name, Roxies. While Roxicodone is only legally available by prescription, some people use it illicitly to enjoy its euphoric and pain-relieving effects. And since it is highly addictive, some people may misuse their medication and develop an addiction.
Signs of Roxicodone Abuse
Roxicodone abuse or misuse refers to using the drug other than as prescribed. Signs that a person is abusing Roxicodone include the following.
Using Roxicodone Without a Prescription
Anytime someone uses a prescription medication not written for them, they misuse it.
Taking Roxicodone More Often Than Advised
You will find the recommended time frame for Roxicodone dosage on the bottle’s label. This information may also be printed on the paperwork that the pharmacist provided when dispensing the medication. Taking Roxicodone more frequently increases the risk of tolerance and addiction.
Taking More Doses of Roxicodone Than Prescribed
The dosage prescribed by a doctor is carefully selected based on a person’s needs. Taking more pills than directed can increase the chances of adverse side effects.
Doctors must use caution when prescribing painkillers to help prevent their patients from slipping into addiction. To help reduce the risk of misuse, they will carefully select the appropriate dosage and regimen for their patients and limit how many pills are included in each prescription and how often the prescription can be filled. They may also require patients to schedule an appointment or speak with them over the phone before authorizing a refill.
Despite these efforts, some people access unsafe quantities of Roxicodone by engaging in a practice known as doctor shopping. This involves scheduling appointments with multiple doctors to get more than one prescription.
The Dangers of Roxicodone Abuse
Roxicodone is a desirable drug for recreational use because of its euphoric and sedative qualities. But it can also lead to a host of adverse side effects. Some of the dangers of Roxicodone abuse include:
- Physical discomfort such as headaches, muscle aches, and upset stomach
- Sleep disturbances such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Mood swings and irritability
- Depression and anxiety
- Aggression and impulsivity
- Increased tolerance that requires more of the drug to achieve the desired effect
Additionally, misusing Roxicodone can have a devastating impact on a person’s life. They may begin neglecting responsibilities and suffer a decline in work or school performance. Financial problems may also occur if the person spends beyond their means to stay stocked on Roxicodone. And on top of all this, Roxicodone abuse can cause a person’s relationships to suffer.
Overcome Roxicodone Abuse at Promises Brazos Valley
If you believe someone is abusing Roxicodone, encourage them to seek professional help. Promises Brazos Valley offers medication-assisted treatment, therapy, and support to help our clients break free from the grip of opioid addiction. Reach out via our online form or call us at 979.426.0086 with any questions about our programs.