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Roxanol Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Roxanol is a brand name of morphine, a drug that belongs to narcotic pain relievers. It is primarily used to relieve chronic and acute pain, such as labor pain and pain from heart attack. It is a highly addictive drug, and its long-term use can lead to Roxanol withdrawal syndrome.

Roxanol has both immediate-release and extended-release beads of morphine sulfate. This means the drug is suitable for fast pain relief, with 24 hours of efficacy. Roxanol in extended-release tablets should be taken once daily. Like other narcotic pain relievers, morphine (e.g., Roxanol) is habit forming. Even patients who are legally taking morphine as a prescription drug can easily abuse it. Any increase in regular dosage can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Some people who may not know that they are taking higher doses of morphine can experience Roxanol withdrawal symptoms at an early stage. Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Watery eyes
  • Convulsions
  • Profuse sweating
  • Widened pupils
  • Chills
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Joint pains
  • Increased blood pressure, respiratory rate, and heart rate

Aside from physical and psychological dependence on the drug, Roxanol can also lead to tolerance where the addicted person feels the need to increase the drug's dosage to achieve the desired effect. Roxanol addiction can cause adverse side effects, especially if combined with interactive drugs and substances. It is important to undergo Roxanol withdrawal treatment to prevent critical and fatal effects of drug abuse.

Withdrawing from Roxanol: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

symptoms-of-opiate-withdrawals Withdrawal results from significantly reducing or ending the use of opiates. With the drugs no longer being ingested, the addict's body takes time to detoxify. This period of detoxification can result in a number of withdrawal symptoms as the addict's body begins to recover from its dependent state. There are visible signs to these symptoms. By watching the signs closely, you can determine if the addicted individual is in the early stage of withdrawal or in the later stage.

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Roxanol withdrawal symptoms fall under the prototypical opioid withdrawal syndrome, since Roxanol is an opioid. After stopping or rapidly decreasing the amount of ingested or injected morphine, a Roxanol addict experiences withdrawal symptoms, which can last for several days or weeks, depending on the quantity, frequency, and duration of opioid use.

A person who legally takes Roxanol and suspects that he or she is experiencing withdrawal symptoms must immediately consult a doctor. A board-certified doctor can immediately perform tests to diagnose if a patient has opioid withdrawal syndrome. If the withdrawal syndrome is moderate and does not require long-term treatment, medications are often prescribed to combat side effects and withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, cramping, runny nose, agitation, muscle aches, and sweating.

For severe withdrawal symptoms, long-term treatment is recommended to ensure that the Roxanol addict will get medical and psychological help during the treatment process.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Detoxing from Roxanol or morphine involves gradually decreasing the drug's dosage over time. This reduces harsh symptoms often experienced during the withdrawal stage. Buprenorphine is a narcotic that is approved by the FDA for the treatment of opioid addiction. It can shorten the length of the detox program and can also be used for long-term maintenance. Other medication-assisted opioid addiction treatment includes the use of methadone and levo-alpha-acetyl-methadol (LAAM) therapy.

Some drug rehabilitation and treatment programs advertise rapid detox or detox under anesthesia. Patients who choose to undergo a rapid morphine detox are placed under anesthesia and given large doses of cross-acting drugs. Because the patient is in a deep sleep, pain associated with rapid detox is avoided and the withdrawal process is completed within several hours.

Rehabilitation is the next step after detoxification. Although the patient can choose to stop the treatment after detoxification, enrolling in an addiction treatment rehab is highly recommended to prevent a relapse. Like detoxification, rehabilitation can be completed in an outpatient or an inpatient rehab facility.

Maintenance is the last and longest step toward a drug-free life. The detoxified or rehabilitated drug dependent walks out of the detox or rehab facility and continues the principles he or she has learned at rehab. Many patients also join support groups like Narcotics Anonymous.

Roxanol Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Morphine sulfate
  • Generic Name Variations: Morphine
  • Chemical Name: N/A
  • Brand Name: Roxanol
  • Brand Name Variations: Duramorph, Oramorph
  • Cost/Price: Varies with supplier and prescription
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treatment of pain unresponsive to non-narcotics
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Treatment of pain unresponsive to non-narcotics
  • Chemical Makeup: C17H19NO3
  • System: Opioid analgesic
  • Duration of Action: Up to 8 hours
Form, Intake, and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Suppository
  • Administration Routes: Rectal
  • Dosage: 20 mg
  • Overdose: Over 100 mg
  • Alcohol Interaction: Additive depressive effects
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Added respiratory issues with CNS depressants
  • Contraindications: Allergy to opiates, acute bronchial asthma, upper airway obstruction
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Respiratory depression, convulsions, urinary retention, constipation, headache
  • Long-Term: Psychoses, addiction, fatal overdose may occur
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: High
  • Signs of Abuse: Increased sedation, respiratory problems, mental cloudiness
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 10 to 20 hours after last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Headache, aches and pains, dizziness, drowsiness
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: High risk
  • Psychological Dependence: High risk
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II

 

Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Roxanol Withdrawals Last?

The timeline for each patient is different, depending on the length of Roxanol usage. Most patients experience symptoms of withdrawal 10 to 20 hours after their last dose of Roxanol, with maximum intensity at 5 to 7 days.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Roxanol?

Roxy, “M”, White Stuff, Morphine

What are Common Misspellings?

Rocsanol withdrawl, Roksanol withdrawls, Roxenol withdrawel, Roxanal withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Home remedies are rarely successful in providing relief during the detoxification process. Flushing the system out with water and maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help to ease withdrawal symptoms; however, it is best to forego any alternative methods (including ‘natural’ remedies) and seek immediate medical attention for detoxification relief.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Roxanol?

Duramorph can remain in the system for up to 7 days. To research your options for detoxification and recovery programs, call 1-888-935-1318Who Answers? or visit our locator page. Call now to get the help you or your loved one needs to recover from Roxanol addiction.

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