Roxicet Warnings and Precautions
Specific Roxicet Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Roxicet include the following:
- Roxicet contains acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Taking too much Roxicet, or taking Roxicet in combination with other products that contain acetaminophen, can cause severe liver problems or even death due to Tylenol poisoning. Roxicet may not be a good choice for people who already have liver disease.
- Roxicet can potentially interact with several other medications (see Roxicet Drug Interactions).
- Roxicet can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may lead to life-threatening complications. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
- Roxicet is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Roxicet Addiction). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Roxicet, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intracranial pressure. Roxicet should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
- Roxicet can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure.
- Roxicet can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
- Like any other narcotic, Roxicet can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Roxicet affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
- Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, epilepsy, gallbladder problems, pancreatic disease, or kidney disease, as Roxicet may not be the best choice for you.
- Narcotics such as Roxicet are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Roxicet (see Roxicet and Constipation).
- Roxicet is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Oxycodone/APAP and Pregnancy).
- Roxicet passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Oxycodone/APAP and Breastfeeding).