Roxicodone Abuse

Roxicodone Abuse

Roxicodone Abuse

Roxicodone (oxycodone hydrochloride) is a highly addictive opioid based analgesic pain-killer with an extreme potential for abuse. Tablets come in two strengths, 15 mg or 30 mg, designed for oral administration and each contain oxycodone hydrochloride. Oxycodone hydrochloride is a white crystalline powdered substance which derives from opium alkaloid, thebaine.

Roxicodone or Oxycodone hydrochloride is manufactured for the purpose of managing pain of patients who suffer from moderate to severe physical or chronic pain. The pain managing ingredients in Roxicodone (oxycodone) is a semi-synthetic opiate similar to its more natural cousin morphine.

Roxicodone stimulates a chemical pathway in the brain known as the dopamine pathway. Dopamine is a natural chemical used by the brain to prepare someone to experience something pleasurable or good. When a user takes roxicodone, the body releases dopamine in response, and that reaction is often in proportion to the amount of drugs the person takes. In the beginning, a person can take Roxicodone and feel a flood of dopamine, experiencing euphoria and extreme happiness as a result. Over time, however, the body will begin to adjust to its internal chemistry, and the person has to take higher doses of Roxicodone to feel the same result. This is the beginning of Roxicodone abuse.

People who abuse roxicodone often crush the tablets, mix them with water and inject the solution into their veins. This allows the drug to move directly into the user’s bloodstream, and the effects of the drug are often felt within minutes when users try this method. The effects of roxicodone abuse usually last between 4-6 hours.

People who abuse roxicodone may find that they experience withdrawal symptoms between hits of the medication or when they try to stop using roxicodone all together. Their bodies are no longer producing dopamine and other chemicals without the help from roxicodone, and the body needs those chemicals to function normally. These withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person, but they most generally include:

  • Agitation or restlessness
  • Watery eyes
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Stomach pain or nausea

The signs of roxicodone abuse are fairly easy to spot. The first and most common sign of anyone involved with roxicodone abuse is pin point pupils. This means their pupils are very small even in the light; they don’t dilate. People who are abusing roxicodone might also seem extremely relaxed or sedated, falling asleep while talking or wandering about in a bit of a daze. This waking and sleeping state is known as nodding off by those who abuse roxicodone. In addition, the roxicodone addict might ask for money or steal household items in order to raise money to buy drugs. The addict might see multiple doctors, all in a row, trying to get multiple prescriptions for roxicodone. The roxicodone abuser might also begin to miss school or work because he or she is too intoxicated to attend. All of these are signs of roxicodone abuse.

Roxicodone abuse is very dangerous and has a high potential for an overdose and even death. Luckily there are many solutions for roxicodone abuse today. So anyone who wants to stop using roxicodone can.

Sources: http://www.dependency.net/learn/roxicodone/

Q&A: How do Roxies Affect Your Brain?

Roxicodone

What are roxies?

Roxies are also called Roxicodone. Roxicodone, sometimes spelled “Roxycodone,” is a potent narcotic pain reliever that blocks the perception of pain by binding to opiate receptors in the brain and body. Roxycodone is recommended for treating moderate to severe pain or to sedate a patient prior to surgery. The recommended adult dose of Roxycodone can vary depending on the patient’s response, his or her weight and size and the severity of pain. Roxycodone is the brand name for oxycodone, available in immediate-release tablets. The drug Roxycodone, is an opioid, meaning that while it’s a powerful tool in the battle for pain management, it also has a tendency to be habit-forming.

How do roxies affect your brain?

When you are in pain your brain is sending off messages. Specific parts of the brain get excited and tell your body you are in pain. Roxies keep this from happening.

Roxies alter your perception and emotional response to pain by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Roxies affect the brain by acting the same way any other opioid does.

Roxies bind to specific receptors in the brain that deal with pain and pleasure. These receptors are known as mu, kappa, and delta receptors. When roxies bind to these receptors it keeps the neurons from getting excited and telling your brain you are in pain and instead tells your brain you feel good. Roxies decrease the excitability or response of those neurons and also blocks them from sending the messages of pain.

Opiate agonists like roxies do not completely alter the brain though, just the parts of the brain that perceive pain and pleasure. This is what makes them so effective. Roxies can relieve pain without causing a loss consciousness. The reason for this is because roxies alter the perception of pain in higher levels in the central nervous system as well as altering your emotional response to the pain in the pleasure centers. This is what results in the pain relief and the euphoria that many recreational users of roxies experience. This is also what makes roxies highly addictive. Especially for someone who has been taking roxies for a long period of time, they have altered their pain or opiate receptors to the point that now the brain is no longer dealing with pain on its own but is reliant on the medication. Through constant stimulation of key pleasure centers within the brain, and its reward system, opiate users are conditioned to want more of the drug.

Roxies may not affect the brain entirely, only the pain and pleasure receptors but they do affect other parts of the brain and nervous system. For instance, in addition to pain relief, roxies stop the cough reflex, slows breathing and causes the pupils to shrink. Roxies also have the ability to lower body temperature. The two biggest affects roxies have on the nervous system are:

  • Suppressed cough – Roxies are also a cough suppressant. Roxies suppress the cough reflex because they affect the cough center in the medulla. The medulla is located in the brain and controls breathing etc.
  • Respiratory depression -Roxies also cause respiratory depression or decreased breathing because it directly affects the brain stem’s respiratory centers. This is when overdose from roxies happen. Slowed breathing reduces the responsiveness of the brain stem respiratory centers. By doing this it compounds on itself and cause death.

Roxicodone Addiction: Is Recovery Possible?

Roxicodone Addiction: Is Recovery Possible?

Roxicodone Addiction: Is Recovery Possible?

Two years ago, I was taking ten to twenty 30mg Roxy’s every day. I couldn’t get up in the morning without a dose, and I would begin to get sick in an hour if I wasn’t taking them around the clock. I kept lines of crushed up pills at my bedside so I could take some in the middle of the night if I woke up. I wasn’t even feeling the high anymore; I needed Roxies just to feel normal.

My addiction started when I was prescribed medication to treat legitimate pain. I had been in several car accidents and I couldn’t sit for long periods of time without shooting pain down my back and legs. I loved the way that Roxicodone made me feel. It took away my pain, gave me energy, and gave the whole world a glowy, happy look.

Over the years, my body became dependent on Roxicodone. I needed more and more just to feel the same way. When I didn’t have it, my pain became so intense that I would cry myself to sleep at night. I would feel nauseous, shaky, and anxious. I used to live and I lived to used. Roxicodone became my whole world; more important to me than my family, my job, and my friends. I didn’t think I would ever be able to live without it.

I had always thought that the key to my Roxicodone recovery was kicking the physical addiction. I thought once my body was no longer craving the drug, I’d be able to stay away. I’d go to detox and maybe a week or two in treatment, and think I was cured. It wouldn’t be long until I was right back to where I started from.

At one point, I even tried Suboxone maintenance. And, although the drug never got me high and it treated my cravings, it was never enough because I was still miserable. Eventually, I’d go off the Suboxone and seek out my drug of choice.

Today, I have been clean and sober for 18 months, so I can tell you that recovery from Roxicodone addiction is absolutely possible. It’s a process, and it’s not easy, but it is definitely worth it.

This time, I listened.

This time, I took suggestions.

This time, I was committed.

This time, I got a sponsor, went to meetings, and worked a 12 step program.

I used to think that having a Roxicodone addiction was the worst thing that could have ever happened to me. I would’ve given anything to not have this disease. Today, I am nothing but grateful for the process. I got a second chance to be a better person, and through that, I have been given a life that is beyond my wildest dreams. I walked in looking for a way to recover from my Roxicodone addiction, and I walked out with so much more. I can tell you all day what a blessing this journey has been, but until you experience it yourself, you won’t truly understand. What I can tell you is that recovery is absolutely possible.