What is Roxicodone®?
Roxicodone® (oxycodone) is an opioid pain medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is used to manage pain when other treatments, such as non-opioid pain relievers, are ineffective or you are unable to tolerate other treatments.
Patients with chronic pain should have their medication administered 24 hours a day, seven days a week to prevent recurrence of pain rather than treating it after it has occurred.
Roxicodone is available as an immediate-release tablet in dosages of 5 mg, 15 mg, and 30 mg.
How to take Roxicodone®
- Before you start taking oxycodone (Roxicodone®), and every time you get a refill, read the Medication Guide issued by your pharmacist. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
- Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. Roxicodone® can be taken with or without food. If you suffer nausea, taking this medication with meals may help. Other strategies to reduce nausea might be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
- Unless your doctor or pharmacist says it’s okay, don’t eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Roxicodone®. Grapefruit can make this drug more likely to cause negative effects. For more information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
- The dosage is determined by your medical condition and treatment response. Do not take your prescription in higher doses, more frequently, or for longer than recommended. When the drug is to be stopped, do so properly.
- Pain medications work best if they are used when the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain becomes unbearable, the medication may not be as effective.
- If you suffer chronic pain (for example, from cancer), your doctor may recommend that you take long-acting opioid drugs as well. In that circumstances, this medicine could be used only as needed for abrupt (breakthrough) pain.
Roxicodone® Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Roxicodone include:
- dizziness or drowsiness
Some of these side effects may decrease after you have been using this medication for a while. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if any of these side effects persist or worsen.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing, breathing that stops during sleep;
- a slow heart rate or weak pulse;
- a light-headed feeling, like you, might pass out;
- confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- seizure (convulsions);
- low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness; or
- high levels of serotonin in the body – agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Serious breathing problems may be more likely in older adults and in those who are debilitated or have a wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders.