Most healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense Tylox watch for certain signs of addiction, such as:
- "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain Tylox prescriptions or switching from one provider to another
- Going through Tylox prescriptions too quickly
- Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation
- Having a specific "favorite" narcotic drug (such as Tylox), and nothing else will do (or reporting "allergies" to all other alternatives).
Friends and family can also keep an eye out for other signs of a Tylox addiction, such as:
- An unexplainable lack of money
- Changes in social circles, such as abandoning good friends and replacing them with new ones
- Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
- Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
- Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors.
There are also physical symptoms of Tylox addiction, but these are nearly impossible to distinguish from the normal symptoms of simple Tylox dependence, which will occur with all cases of long-term Tylox use, including legitimate, non-abusive Tylox use.
It is often difficult to tell if a loved one has a problem with Tylox addiction. If you suspect that a friend or family member is struggling with Tylox addiction, please seek help. Your loved one's healthcare provider is a good place to start. It is okay for you to contact the healthcare provider to let him or her know about your concerns, although this person probably cannot discuss any of the details of your loved one's medical care with you due to confidentiality laws. Also, a local rehabilitation center can provide you with other local services or healthcare providers that may be of use in such situations.