Find out how Percocet abuse effects people

Posted by admin | June - 10 - 2012 | 0 Comment

Percocet is a painkilling medicine and one of the opiate (narcotic) drugs. It is a highly addictive prescription drug and Percocet abuse is a widespread problem in the US. Percocet contains a mix of oxycodone (an opioid) and acetaminophen (another pain relieving drug and the active ingredient in Tylenol). Please dial 800-303-2482 if you are in need of assistance and you’ll be connected with one of our abuse counselors who will be here to help you anytime you need.

Percocet Abuse and Addiction

Percocet is an opioid drug and it works by depressing the central nervous system. Opioids are often called narcotic medicines and they are generally used to relieve pain, stress, anxiety and insomnia. Oxycodone is a strong opiate painkiller and acetaminophen enhances its effect. Opioid drugs are generally habit forming and addiction, and Percocet is no exception.

Percocet blocks the feelings of pain, depression, anxiety and other sensations. It usually produces a feeling of peace and in some people it also creates a sense of well-being or even euphoria. The body can develop a tolerance to Percocet (and other opiates) fast. Addiction then develops quickly. The body will start to crave more of the drug and if you increase the dosage, the body’s tolerance also increases. You will then start to crave even larger doses.

What is Percocet Abuse?

If you do not increase the dosage, if you try to lower the dosage or if you stop taking the drug completely, withdrawal symptoms will appear. Percocet withdrawals can appear in just a few hours after you stop taking the drug. In the case of Percocet addiction. The withdrawals can be physical and psychological.

Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Cravings
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable moods

Percocet abuse can also lead to the abuse of other drugs or be combined with the abuse of other drugs. As the body’s tolerance to the drug increases and as the usual dose will not bring the desired effect, people either increase the dosage or start to combine it with other prescription drugs or illegal drugs.

Getting Help for Percocet Abuse

If you or someone you know are suffering from Percocet abuse or addiction, it is important to find help. Percocet is an addictive drug and it can be extremely challenging to give it up without help and support. The withdrawal process usually starts with a detox, which is best done in a medical environment such as a clinic or a rehabilitation center.

The withdrawal symptoms can be so difficult that it is not recommended to stop using the drug suddenly; it is better to slowly lower the dosage and to do so in a controlled environment. After the detox, the best way to continue is a treatment program in a rehabilitation center or in an outpatient facility that offers continuing support. Percocet is highly addictive and it is easy for a patient to relapse back into using the drug if they are not getting enough support.

If a pregnant woman has been using Percocet, she should consult a doctor to get help for stopping its use. Suddenly stopping Percocet can lead to withdrawal symptoms in the fetus. These can be so severe that they lead to miscarriage. If a pregnant woman takes Percocet, it can also cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn baby. Breathing problems in the newborn are also possible. Oxycodone and acetaminophen can both pass to your baby via breastfeeding.

Percocet Dangers and Side Effects

Percocet affects your judgment and you should avoid operating heavy machinery or driving while taking the drug. You should also avoid drinking alcohol. If you drink a lot, if you are alcohol dependent or if you have suffered from liver cirrhosis in the past, you should always tell your doctor before taking Percocet. Large doses of acetaminophen can lead to permanent liver damage and an overdose can lead to death.

Percocet can lead to a risk of pulmonary (lung-related) problems especially in asthmatic people or the elderly. Percocet abuse and addiction can also lead to other health problems including conditions that are related to the hormonal system. Women may stop menstruating and men may find that their testes become smaller or lose their function (a condition called testicular atrophy).

An overdose of acetaminophen, one of the main active ingredients in Percocet, can lead to death.

Percocet Overdose Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Stomach pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dark color urine

Other symptoms that can develop later include pains in the upper part of the stomach, and a yellow tint on the skin or in the eyes.

Late Symptoms of Percocet Abuse

  • Coma
  • Fainting
  • Weak pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lips turning blue
  • Slowing of the heart rate
  • Skin turning clammy and cold
  • Breathing may stop completely

Many medical drugs contain acetaminophen. If you are taking Percocet at the same time with these drugs you may accidentally overdose. You should always let your doctor know what drugs or even herbal supplements you are taking.

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