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Roxicet is the brand name for a pain reliever often prescribed for moderate to severe chronic pain resulting from surgery, cancer, or illness. Much like Percocet, Roxicet combines oxycodone and acetaminophen, providing profound pain relief and potential fever reduction.

Data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that nearly 52 million Americans older than 12 used prescription drugs like Roxicet recreationally at some point in their lives. Data from 2010 also found that 8.76 million Americans abused prescription drugs, while 5.1 million of those abused painkillers specifically.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Roxicet Use

Roxicet offers many of the same effects as an average opiate. By working directly on your brain, Roxicet delivers feelings of euphoria, mental calm, and physical relaxation. Other common side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Digestion problems

Complications of Roxicet Abuse

Roxicet’s general ease of availability and high potency make it a highly addictive substance. Addiction causes highly reckless behavior often centering around using and obtaining the drug. This not only causes harm to you, but also damages your personal relationships and pushes away those you hold close.

Common physical complications associated with Roxicet addiction include:

  • Liver damage
  • Hypotension
  • Respiratory depression

Dangers of Roxicet Abuse

Using Roxicet for an extended period of time comes with a wide range of potential dangers to your personal health. These include:

  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Severe abdominal pains
  • Unusual drowsiness
  • Mood swings
  • Shallow breathing
  • Problems getting out of bed in the morning

Symptoms of Roxicet Addiction

Using Roxicet causes a flood of dopamine, the hormone responsible for motor control, motivation, and reward. That encourages you to take more Roxicet to trigger that sense of reward. Furthermore, to combat that flood of dopamine, your body will produce less dopamine or inhibit its dopamine receptors, forcing you to take more Roxicet to maintain normal dopamine levels.

Symptoms of Roxicet addiction include:

  • Taking higher dosages of Roxicet than your doctor prescribes
  • Using the drug for longer than it’s prescribed
  • Using Roxicet for its high instead of its pain relief
  • Relying on Roxicet as a stress reliever
  • Strained personal relationships caused by Roxicet use


  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Aches and pains in joints and muscles
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Watery eyes

Medical Intervention for Roxicet Addiction

Medication is an important tool in recovery. It can help to rebalance your chemicals or keep withdrawals and cravings from getting the best of you. For opiates, your doctor will likely prescribe some form of opioid antagonist, which can help block the effects of opiates. For Roxicet addiction, your doctor may prescribe:
  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Subutex

Roxicet Detox Process

Detox aims to remove the chemicals that have built up in your system from extended drug use. This is accomplished by tapering off drug use and administering medication, though much of it comes down to time and patience.

Inpatient care is the best means of receiving detox. Through inpatient care, you are treated to a safe and supportive atmosphere, ensuring you stay on track. The best part of inpatient care is that it gives you immediate access to a medical staff that can administer medications and tend to your physical health. This also includes counselors who can provide therapy and emotional support.

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