Effects and Applications of Roxy

What is Roxy?

Roxy is the slang or street name for Oxycodone, which is an opioid drug for pain relief. This is an active ingredient in several prescription medications and was developed in Germany as semi-synthetic opioids to improve upon the other existing opioids such as diacetylmorphine, morphine, codeine, etc. Roxy is generally prescribed as an oral medication for severe to moderate pain relief. It is sold individually or as compounds with other substances. Since Roxy is a narcotic and is abused commonly on the streets, it is a controlled drug in the United States.

Uses of Roxy

Medical Uses

Oxycodone or Roxy is used in palliative care and to relieve breathlessness for people who are dying. It provides anxiety relief and helps people to sleep. This drug is also used for long-term as well as long-term pain relief. Since this is a narcotic and it is bound to create dependency, the usage of the drug is very limited even with the health care providers to the shortest period. Unlike morphine, Roxy causes less depression in the respiratory system, less nausea, purities, sedation, etc.

Other than the prescribed uses, many abuse this drug on the streets by injecting or orally to get pleasure out of the drug. This has been abused for various recreational occasions though it is illegal.

How does Roxy work?

Roxy is a narcotic opioid pain reliever, which binds the receptors of opioid in the brain and other parts of the body and causes various effects in the body as well as the mind. It also works by slowing down the digestive tract, releases histamine, which at times may cause itching, and works on the circulatory system. Since this creates an euphoric effect, Roxy is bound to create dependency and hence must be only taken under a medical supervision.

Roxy is not used for children unless very rarely prescribed by the physicians.

Dosage of Roxy

The dosage varies based on several factors and is generally determined only by the health care providers and these factors include:

  • The type of Roxy product
  • Other pain killers and their dosage used
  • Severity of pain
  • Response to Roxy
  • Other medical conditions of the patient

It is highly recommended not to increase the dosage unless the physician suggests, as this drug is habit-forming.

Any experienced health care provider would start the Roxy drug gradually and look for any allergic reactions in the body of the patient and would restrict the potency to the required amount. The tolerance also would be observed carefully. There are products of Roxy that offer short-term relief and products that offer long-term relief. Only the health care provider would decide this.

The maximum dosage of Roxy is not limited, this is based on the effects it offers, and extreme doses cause adverse side effects and hence must be administered only by prescription. In addition, the drug must not be abrupt, as there may be high withdrawal symptoms.
Since Roxy comes in the forms of capsules, tablets, or liquids, it is either offered as a single substance or in combination with other compounds. Hence the products have to be verified carefully
When Roxy is taken orally, it is best to accompany with food, as it upsets the stomach
Alcohol is not to be taken with Roxy
The drug should be taken or stopped only as and how it is prescribed by the physician
Any changes in the dosage must be discussed with the doctor

Prior to taking Roxy

The following conditions have to be revealed to the doctor before Roxy is taken:

  • Lung diseases
  • Head injury
  • Liver diseases or hepatitis
  • Kidney diseases
  • Gallbladder or pancreas problems
  • Abdominal pain
  • Asthma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Seizures or any other allergies
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding the baby

Every medication for any other health conditions taken also must be discussed with the physician.

Side Effects of Roxy

Some of the most common effects caused by Roxy include constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, vomiting, itching, nausea, etc., while other side effects could be headaches, weakness, sweating, dry mouth, etc.

Adverse side effects include:

  • Unsteadiness
  • Confusion
  • Severe constipation
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Irregular breathing
  • Seizures
  • Mood change and abnormal behavior
  • Allergic reactions like hives
  • Breathing difficulty

Other effects that are not very common include neck pain, gas, belching, voice changes, dry skin, taste change, memory loss, voice changes, delayed menstruation, migraine, etc.

What happens when there is an overdose of Roxy?

It is very natural to get addicted to this drug, as it causes an euphoric and pleasure feeling and very relaxed mind. However, when the dosage is more than one can tolerate, there could be adverse effects due to the over prescribed amount. The following conditions are to be taken seriously and sought medical attention:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Weak muscles
  • Cold skin
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Slow heart rate

If the dose exceeds and immediate care is not given, in rare cases, it might even lead to death.

Addiction of Roxy

Since Roxy is closely related to heroin, the reaction is the same in the body, which means Roxy is also equally addictive as heroin. Dopamine is the natural chemical in the brain, which prepares an individual for the pleasure experiences and happiness. This dopamine is released with the Roxy drug intake and retained in the pleasure center of the brain for a longer period, which retains the pleasure for a long period. With the regular use of Roxy, the tolerance level increases and later the amount of Roxy required to create the same pleasure level becomes more. This eventually leads to addiction to the drug.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Roxy

People, who have been using Roxy for a longer period with or without prescription, face withdrawal symptoms if the drug is abruptly discontinued. The symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Backaches
  • Joint pain
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle pain
  • Runny nose
  • Dilated pupils

Summary

It is appropriate to use the drug only when prescribed by a physician and follow the dosage pattern while starting and stopping the drug. Once a person is already habituated or addicted to the drug and wants to stop, it is highly recommended to take a professional help to avoid unpleasant situations.