Roxycontin is a pretty common misspelling for the potent narcotic medication OxyContin. It is often referred to as “Roxycontin” on the street. OxyContin contains oxycodone, a powerful opiate medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. OxyContin is available by prescription only but is frequently abused and sold and traded on the black market. In addition to pain relief, OxyContin can produce respiratory depression, sedation and feelings of euphoria. The medication works by attaching to key receptors in the patient’s body, dulling the perception of pain.
“Roxicontin” may also be mistakenly used to refer to Roxicodone, another brand name for oxycodone. People who believe they are using the drug “Roxycontin” are likely using some form of oxycodone. This drug is highly prized in the medical field for its ability to control pain but has the ability to become habit-forming. It also can cause issues such as side effects, allergic reaction, tolerance, physical and psychological dependency, addiction, withdrawal, overdose and death. It’s important to take all prescription medication exactly as prescribed to avoid serious complications.
Oxycodone Side Effects, Warnings and Precautions
Side effects can be serious but for many patients, they dissipate once the body becomes used to the drug. They can include constipation, nausea, vomiting, sweating, itching, dry mouth, loss of appetite, dizziness, feelings of tiredness and headache. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, itching, difficult breathing and facial swelling (face, lips, tongue and throat). Other serious side effects can include lightheadedness, fainting, labored breathing, slow heartbeat, seizures, confusion, severe weakness or dizziness and cold or clammy skin.
An OxyContin overdose can be deadly, especially when it’s mixed with other substances that depress the central nervous system. Signs can include muscle weakness, extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, confusion, slowed heart rate, shallow breathing, fainting or coma. A patient who takes oxycodone products for pain can build a tolerance with regular use, typically beyond a few weeks. This means the drug becomes ineffective and patients often begin to take more and more. Addiction can develop quickly and physical signs of this include withdrawal symptoms once use is stopped suddenly.
Opiate Withdrawal Can Be Managed Safely
Opiates can produce a very painful withdrawal phase. Waismann Method’s treatment for oxycodone addiction includes detox and withdrawal management to ensure patients are comfortable and maintain their dignity. Our in-hospital medical detox uses intravenous medication to cleanse the drug from patients’ opiate receptors.
Patients sleep lightly under general deep sedation during this procedure which takes less than two hours. Once they awaken, they no longer suffer from prescription painkiller addiction and don’t have the conscious awareness that they experienced an accelerated withdrawal.
Our procedure speeds up withdrawal which occurs while patients are under sedation. This provides the most comfortable, safe and effective detox that lends itself to long-term recovery. After a hospital stay of 2 to 4 days, patients can return home opiate-free. Others may choose to extend their stay at our Domus Retreat transitional living facility where therapies and services are supportive and compassionate.