Roxy is the street name for the prescription drug oxycodone. It usually refers to the pure, immediate release form of oxycodone. However, there are several drugs which combine oxycodone with anti-inflammatory medications. In certain circumstances, these drugs may mistakenly be called “roxies.”
The name “roxy” was derived from the brand name “Roxicodone,” which is pure, immediate release oxycodone. It comes in 15mg or 30mg tablets. However, there is another brand name drug, “Roxicet,” which is sometimes mistaken for roxy because of the similarity of the name. Roxicet is oxycodone plus acetaminophen (Tylenol), the same formulation as Percocet. Other oxycodone containing formulations are combined with ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin.
Smoking Roxies: What’s the appeal?
People smoke roxies because it hits the system more quickly, resulting in a fast, strong, but short high. The only route of administration that has a slightly quicker onset is intravenous injection. However, the difference is, when you inject roxies, you get almost 100% bioavailability. Bioavailability is the amount of free, or active, drug in your system. Smoking roxies doesn’t give you a very high bioavailability, so you are essentially wasting the pill.
Smoking Roxies: What’s the danger?
Smoking roxies results in a short but intense high. This increases the chances that you will become addicted quickly. A high concentration of the active drug in your blood stream in a short amount of time increases the potential for abuse and addiction. The brain is overwhelmed by the high, and when the drug leaves the system, the body craves more. Also, when you have a high dose in your blood stream in a short time, you increase your risk of overdose, particularly if you mix roxies with other drugs.
Besides the typical side effects of opiates, with smoking roxies you also damage your respiratory track and teeth. Because roxies already cause suppressed breathing, smoking roxies can increase the risk that you will stop breathing and die.
Smoking roxies also increases your risk of becoming tolerant and experiencing withdrawal. Tolerance is when you need more and more of the drug to produce the same high. Tolerance results when the body adapts to regular roxy use over a long period of time. Eventually, it takes more and more roxies to produce the original effect. This is what happens to long term roxy users. Their bodies expect the drugs. When drug use is stopped or the dose is significantly reduced, the body reacts in a physical way. This is known as withdrawal. Roxy withdrawal can be very painful.
Withdrawal from roxies can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. Common roxy withdrawal symptoms include extreme pain, tremors, muscle cramps, sweating, chills, rapid heartbeat, itching, restless leg syndrome, runny nose, sneezing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness. Withdrawal from roxies alone is not life-threatening, but it is extremely uncomfortable. Acute roxy withdrawal can last ten to fourteen days (depending on level of use. You are more likely to develop tolerance and go through withdrawal when you are smoking roxies than if you are swallowing or snorting them.