Roxicodone is a medication used to moderate to severe pain. It is a brand of timed-release oxycodone, that works for up to 12 hours. Roxicodone contain the active ingredient oxycodone which belongs to a group of medicines called strong analgesics or ‘painkillers. Thus it is an opioid medication.
Take this drug as exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Also follow the directions on your prescription label carefully. Your doctor will determine the best dose for you. The dosage of roxicodone must be individualized. The typical dosages of these drug for adults with pain is as follows:
The usual starting dose using immediate release tablets is 5 to 30 mg every 4 to 6 hours. Patients who have never received opioids should start with 5-15 mg every 4 to 6 hours. Also some patients may require 30 mg or more every 4 hours.
Immediate release form: 10 mg to 30 mg, every four hours. When taking these tablets do not chew, break, divide, crush, or dissolve them but take them as whole. Braking, crushing or chewing tablets may lead to rapid absorption of the drug and dangerous levels of oxycodone.
Before taking roxicodone, tell your pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other opioid pain relievers (such as oxymorphone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Also you can talk to your pharmacist, for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of; brain disorders, breathing problems, personal or family history of a substance abuse, intestinal problems , difficulty swallowing, difficulty urinating and also disease of the pancreas.
The most frequent side effects of roxicodone are Dizziness, Sedation, Nausea, Vomiting, Headache, Rash, Constipation, Dry mouth and Sweating.
In addition to these, other side effects includes; Faintness, Heart attack, Rash, Itching, Depression, Abnormal heartbeats
This drug can depress breathing and is used with caution in elderly, debilitated patients and in patients with serious lung disease. This medicine can also impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery.
Roxicodone is habit forming. Therefore mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief. If this drug is suddenly withdrawn after prolonged use, symptoms of withdrawal may develop. Thus the dose of oxycodone should be gradually reduced in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
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