Percocet is a prescription painkiller that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is a brand name of a drug that contains oxycodone and acetaminophen. While doctors recommend Percocet to patients who require a strong painkiller to alleviate pain deriving from an injury, surgery, or other medical conditions, some people get addicted to Percocet due to its euphoric effects. According to the DSM-5, almost 0.4% of the U.S. population struggles with the abuse of Percocet and other opioids.
What is Percocet?
Percocet is a combination of medication that contains an opioid pain reliever and a non-opioid pain reliever:
- Oxycodone: Oxycodone is a strong opioid that is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It works by acting on the central nervous system. When used for a long time, oxycodone can cause addiction due to mental or physical dependence.
- Acetaminophen: Acetaminophen is also known as paracetamol. It is used to manage mild to moderate pain and reduce fever in patients. When taken in large doses, liver damage can occur.
Besides Percocet, some other common brand names of drugs with a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen include:
What are the Side Effects of Percocet Addiction?
As one of the ingredients of Percocet, oxycodone, is a strong opioid, abuse of Percocet can bring about significant side effects. Here are some side effects of Percocet addiction:
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shallow or noisy breathing
- Problems with urination
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
The severity of the drug’s side effects depends on the strength of the drug, the amount that was taken, and the health, weight, and age of the person.
Understanding Percocet Overdose
Percocet overdose can be an unfortunate outcome of Percocet abuse. Seek immediate medical help by calling 9-1-1 or poison control helplines if any of the following symptoms occur to you or someone around you after abusing Percocet:
- Shallow or labored breathing
- Slurring speech
- Slowed heartbeat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal cramping
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
How to Treat Percocet Addiction
While highly effective in relieving pain, Percocet can be just as addictive as drugs like heroin. There are many types of treatments for Percocet addiction. For the best results, treatment plans usually include a combination of detox, individual therapy, group therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and medication management.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
If you have taken Percocet outside of your doctor’s recommendation or misused the drug for its euphoric effects, then you understand how difficult it is to stop the abuse of Percocet. While the withdrawal and intoxicating effects of Percocet can deter you from breaking free of the chemical dependence, Spark To Recovery has a team of certified addiction counselors, psychiatrists, and nurses who can help you achieve sobriety. With the support of our compassionate treatment team, you can regain control over your life.
Start your Percocet addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.
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