What is Roxicodone?
Roxicodone helps treat moderate to severe pain. It helps manage pain when other treatments, such as non-opioid pain relievers, are ineffective or you are unable to tolerate alternative treatments.
Roxicodone is available as an immediate-release tablet in 5 mg, 15 mg, and 30 mg strengths. It is an opioid pain medication that is also available as the generic drug oxycodone. You can easily order Roxicodone online with a prescription. Changing from immediate-release to extended-release oxycodone must be accompanied by close monitoring for signs of excessive drowsiness or slow breathing.
- Do not use Roxicodone if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, a bowel blockage, or a narrowing of the stomach or intestines.
- Misuse or abuse of Roxicodone can result in overdose and death. Consult with your doctor.
- Long-term use of Roxicodone during pregnancy may result in withdrawal symptoms in the newborn baby. This can be fatal. Consult with your doctor.
- Combining Roxicodone with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing can lead to fatal side effects.
What to know before taking Roxicodone?
Do not take Roxicodone if you are allergic to it or if you have:
- Severe asthma or breathing problems
- Blockage in your stomach or intestines
Do not use Roxicodone unless you are already using a similar opioid medicine and are tolerant to it. Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- Breathing problems such as sleep apnea
- A head injury, or seizures
- Drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urination problems
- Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid
Do not use opioids while you are pregnant. Your baby could become dependent on the medicine. This may lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Do not use opioid medicine if you are breastfeeding. It can pass into breast milk and cause severe drowsiness or slow breathing in the nursing baby.
How to take Roxicodone?
- Take Roxicodone as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all the directions provided on your prescription label and read the medication guidelines.
- Misuse or abuse of Roxicodone can result in overdose and death. Do not use Roxicodone in high amounts or for longer than the prescribed duration. If you have an increased desire to take more of this medication, tell your doctor. It is illegal to sell or distribute Roxicodone.
- Take this medicine with food.
- To prevent a potentially fatal overdose, swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or dissolve a tablet.
- Do not crush or break a Roxicodone tablet to inhale the powder or dissolve it in a liquid to inject it into a vein. This can cause death.
- Do not stop using Roxicodone suddenly. Stopping this medicine abruptly may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, insomnia, restlessness, chills, muscle and joint pain, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased blood pressure, and increased heart rate.
- Follow the instructions of your doctor for tapering your dose.
- Store Roxicodone at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep track of your medicines. Roxicodone is a commonly abused drug, and you should be aware if someone is misusing or using your medicine without a prescription.
- Do not keep any unused opioid medications. A single dose of Roxicodone can be fatal if taken incorrectly or accidentally.
- Patients who have not received opioid analgesics previously should begin Roxicodone (oxycodone hydrochloride) at a dose of 5 mg to 15 mg as needed for pain every 4 to 6 hours.
- The dose should be titrated depending on the response of the individual patient to their initial dose of Roxicodone (oxycodone hydrochloride).
- Take Roxicodone (oxycodone hydrochloride) on a regular basis, every 4 to 6 hours, to control severe chronic pain.
- An overdose of Roxicodone can be fatal, especially in a child or someone who is taking the medication without a prescription. Pinpoint pupils, severe drowsiness, slow breathing, or no breathing are all signs of an overdose.
- Your doctor can recommend you to obtain naloxone (an opioid overdose reverse medicine) and always keep it with you. If you stop breathing or do not wake up, a person caring for you may give you naloxone.
What to avoid while using Roxicodone?
- Do not drink alcohol while using Roxicodone. There may be dangerous side effects or death.
- While taking this medication, avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Grapefruit may increase the side effects of this medicine.
- Do not drive or use machinery until you know how Roxicodone is going to affect you. Extreme drowsiness or dizziness can cause falls or other accidents.
- Avoid medication errors by checking the brand and strength of oxycodone you get from the pharmacy or when you buy Roxicodone online.
Roxicodone side effects
- Stomach pain
Serious side effects
- Noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing, or breathing that stops during sleep
- A slow heart rate or weak pulse
- Unusual thoughts or behavior
- Low cortisol levels, including symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness, or weakness
- High serotonin levels in the body, symptoms may include agitation, fever, sweating, shivering, hallucinations, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea
What drugs can interact with Roxicodone?
Taking Roxicodone with certain other drugs may increase side effects because some side effects are similar between the drugs. These drugs include:
- Other pain medicines
- Phenothiazines (medicines to treat serious mental disorders)
- (MAOIs) monoamine oxidase inhibitors
- Sleeping pills
- Pain medicines
- Anxiety medicines
- Anti-nausea medicine
Oxycodone may interact with many other medicines and cause dangerous side effects or death. Tell your doctor if you also use:
- Cold or allergy drugs, bronchodilator asthma or COPD medication, or a diuretic (water pill)
- Drugs for motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, or overactive bladder
- Other opioid drugs- opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine
- A sedative like Valium, including diazepam, lorazepam, Xanax, alprazolam, Klonopin, Versed, etc.
- Medications that slow down your breathing or make you sleepy, including muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, drugs to treat mood disorders or mental illness
- Medicines that affect levels of serotonin in your body, which includes a stimulant or medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting