Is Roxicet the Same as Percocet?
Roxicet and Percocet are the most common brand names for combinations of acetaminophen and oxycodone as a single medication. Acetaminophen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). On its own, acetaminophen is a safe and effective over-the-counter (OTC) drug for treating pain and managing flu or cold. When used according to prescription, acetaminophen is safe. However, those who take more than 4,000 mg per day are at the risk of having an overdose or acute liver damage.
The other component, Oxycodone, is an opioid analgesic classified as a Schedule II substance according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Oxycodone is very effective at treating moderate to severe pain in patients. However, when abused, there is a risk of the drug causing depression or stopped breathing (as in overdose), extreme drowsiness or sleepiness, tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
Differences between Roxicet and Percocet
Roxicet and Percocet are intended to treat moderate to severe pain, but not chronic pain. This is because of the associated high risk of abuse and addiction. They are typically prescribed to manage pain after an acute injury, such as a broken bone, or outpatient surgery. While Roxicet and Percocet are essentially the same by composition, there are a few minor differences.
- Composition: The main difference is in the amount of both oxycodone and acetaminophen found in Roxicet compared to Percocet. Roxicet normally contains 5 mg of oxycodone or more along with 325 mg of acetaminophen. On the other hand, Percocet may contain either 2.5mg or 5 mg of oxycodone HCl as well as 325 mg of acetaminophen.
- Inactive ingredients: Percocet also contains a few more inactive ingredients compared to Roxicet. This may contribute to how the drug is metabolized in the body but not to effectiveness in pain relief.
- Half-life: The difference in dose amount contributes to a noticeable difference in how long either drug will remain in the body following administration. Roxicet normally provides analgesic relief that lasts between 6 to 8 hours after use. On the other hand, Percocet elicits 4 to 6 hours of analgesia.
Addiction and Achieving Sobriety
Opioid addiction and overdose are pretty much an epidemic in the United States and not even prescription drugs are left out. The risk of addiction to opioid-containing medication is especially high. When used for some time, an individual may become dependent on the drug and start exhibiting signs of addiction including withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not available. People who struggle with addiction to prescription pain pills in silence are at risk of switching to stronger, more dangerous narcotics like heroin when they are no longer able to access their prescriptions.
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