is a rapid onset medication that combines oxycodone and acetaminophen; it is
manufactured by Roxane Labs.
identical to Percocet, Roxicet is sometimes used interchangeably with Percocet
at a lower cost.
and Percocet are different from Percodan in that Percocet and Roxicet combine
oxycodone and acetaminophen while Percodan combines oxycodone with
Alternative & street names:
the street, Roxicet is referred to as Roxy or “blues.”
How is Roxicet taken?
is consumed orally by tablet or liquid.
Because Roxicet is an rapid-acting medication (not
time-released) there is less of a chance of an addict crushing, snorting or
injecting the tablets.
Effects of consumption
is a opium-based painkiller, often referred to as an “analgesic.” Its effect on
the body is to dull pain and increase pain tolerance. Its mixture of oxycodone
and acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol) provides a synergistic
painkilling effect – meaning the combination of drugs kills more pain than the
same dosage of either drug alone.
with an allergy to Tylenol or similar medicine should avoid Roxicet.
Impact on the mind/body and health
addition to its painkilling qualities, a patient may experience euphoric
feelings while taking this drug, which could lead to its over-use, abuse and
addiction. Addiction to this drug could cause a patient to become obsessive
about having the drug at regular intervals.
side effects include constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting,
vision changes, light headedness and mood swings.
Severe side effects could include
allergic reaction (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue,
lips, face or mouth); changes to the color or amount of urine passed; slow or
irregular heartbeat or breathing; or jaundice.
Signs of abuse of this substance
patient becomes obsessive about taking the drug, hides the use or frequency of
use, steals to support the habit, or “doctor shops” in order to acquire
additional prescriptions to the drug, then the patient has likely become
Common treatment options
Roxicet addicts have a number of
addiction treatment options available to them and their families, including:
- cold turkey
- rapid medical detox combined
with residential treatment
- rapid medical detox combined
with outpatient treatment
- ultra rapid detox
Quitting cold turkey is often an
addict’s first choice, but is rarely successful. Even those who endure the
initial withdrawal face a lengthy battle with cravings that pull them toward
Medical detox with continuing
treatment is the standard “drug rehab” route. The recovery process begins with
a medically assisted detoxification as Roxicet addicts must first overcome
During detox, medications are
prescribed to help reduce the discomfort of withdrawal, with doctors on call
should a problem arise. After about a week, patients can continue additional
Detox is not treatment. If a patient
fails to continue treatment after detox, a relapse is practically guaranteed.
Post-detox treatment options vary
between inpatient and outpatient programs, including:
- Individual therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- 12 Step groups
- Group therapy
- Life skills, vocational and
- Family therapy
Treatment programs teach recovering
addicts the essential skill of how to overcome powerful and permanent cravings
to use again.
Ultra-rapid detox claims to be a
much less uncomfortable program by placing the addict under anesthesia in order
to accelerate the withdrawal period; it is a controversial procedure due to its
high cost and possible danger to the health of the recovering addict.
Methadone is a long-lasting
synthetic opiate used to treat addiction to other opium derivatives such as
Roxicet, OxyContin and heroin. In theory, a patient who receives one dose of
methadone per day will not feel withdrawal symptoms, experience drug cravings,
or attain the euphoric “high” associated with these drugs.
There are, however, disadvantages to
- Methadone is addictive and
subject to abuse
- A patient must go to a clinic
to receive methadone daily.
- Patients who stop using
methadone experience difficult withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is a more recently
developed methadone alternative, which works in a similar way to keep a patient
from entering withdrawal without a euphoric “high” or drug cravings.
Suboxone is a significant
improvement on methadone treatment in the following ways:
- no daily clinic visits
necessary; suboxone can be administered in month-long doses.
- withdrawal symptoms much less
severe than methadone.
However, suboxone treatment has its
drawbacks as well:
- As a partial opiate agonist,
suboxone may provide only limited results for heavy addicts, who may
- Suboxone treatment costs more
- Doctors who prescribe Suboxone
might be more difficult to find than a methadone clinic.
who suddenly discontinue their use of Roxicet will experience symptoms typical
of any opioid withdrawal, including:
- Loss of