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What should I know about Roxicodone before taking it?

Before you take Roxicodone (oxycodone), ask your doctor for complete instructions on how to use it. Roxicodone belongs to a class of drugs called opioid analgesics. While these medications can help relieve moderate to severe pain, they carry some risks.

For example, you may experience side effects while using Roxicodone, such as drowsiness, constipation and dry mouth. Taking Roxicodone only as directed can help to prevent these problems. More serious side effects include suppressed breathing, which in some cases can be dangerous. Make sure you give your doctor a complete medical history because some conditions can increase these risks. For the same reason, give him or her a complete list of all the medications and supplements you take.

Don't stop taking Roxicodone without speaking to your doctor first. If you abruptly stop taking Roxicodone, you may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as restlessness, chills and sweating. Your doctor is likely to taper your Roxicodone dose so that you can gradually stop taking it.

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