Roxy Side Effects
Roxy is the street name for the powerful prescription narcotic, oxycodone (brand name Roxicodone). Roxies are synthesized from thebaine, a derivative of the opium plant, and are used in medical settings to treat moderate to severe pain. Roxies are also very commonly abused in the United States, mainly for the euphoric effect of this class of drugs. They are classified as opiates, just like heroin and Vicoden, and are highly addictive.
Roxy Side Effects: Central Nervous System
1.) Euphoria: Roxies have a number of central nervous system side effects. One of them is the feeling of euphoria that causes so many to abuse roxies.
2.) Respiratory Depression: Roxies also cause respiratory depression by the effect they have on the brain stem. Many times, death due to roxy abuse is due to this side effect.
3.) Cough suppression: Opiates like roxies are often included in prescription cough medications because of this roxy side effect. It directly affects the cough reflex in the medulla.
4.) Pinpoint pupils: Roxies cause the pupil to constrict. Normally, a person’s pupil changes size depending on the amount of light in the room (expanding in low light and constricting in bright light). However, when a person is using roxies, their pupil stays small no matter what. Even when a person becomes tolerant to roxies as a result of prolonged use, they will still display this physical sign when they ingest a roxy.
5.) Nodding out: This term refers to the main central nervous system roxy side effect. Roxies are a central nervous system depressant (a “downer”), so people are less alert and seem sleepy. Nodding refers to people on opiates when they are in a state between sleep and waking. They may close their eyes and their head may droop while having a conversation or standing. They may catch themselves and wake up at this point or lose consciousness completely.
Roxy Side Effects: GI and Smooth Muscle
1.) Nausea and vomiting: Roxy side effects include this sometimes powerful effect on the gastrointestinal (GI) system. Many first time users of roxy vomit or get nauseous, particularly if roxy is taken on an empty stomach. This is because roxy directly triggers chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ) (aka the vomit center) located in the medulla.
2.) Constipation and slowed digestion: Roxy decreases the production of acid in the stomach so digestion is slowed, and it also decreases muscle action in the colon resulting in constipation.
Roxy Side Effects: Cardiovascular
1.) Peripheral vasodilatation- Roxy causes the peripheral blood vessels to dilate, causing blood pressure to drop. This roxy side effect is responsible for the feeling of lightheadedness that comes along with roxy use. It can also cause flushing, red eyes, or sweating, which are common roxy side effects.
Roxy side effects vary from person and depend on a number of things including age and physical condition of the person taking roxies, the dose, whether the person is tolerant to roxies, etc. Roxy side effects can be made worse if a person takes them with other central nervous system depressants like benzos or alcohol.