Find out how Percocet abuse effects people

Percocet is a combination of paracetamol and Oxycodone. This combination of medications is commonly used as a painkiller to control mild to severe pain. The combination of drugs is very effective in controlling body pain and fever but it is highly addictive. Most doctors prescribe the medication only for a week and then taper the dose off to prevent tolerance and dependence on the drug. Over the years, prescriptions of painkillers like Percocet have increased considerably and now more than 180 million such prescriptions are provided every year.

How to Use Percocet

Your prescription will state the number and dose of the Percocet that is recommended for you. Please note that full strength Percocet contains about 5 mg Oxycodone and about 325mg acetaminophen. One tablet is taken every 6 hours and then continued as required for pain. Use the medication only as prescribed to reduce body pain. Do not stop the medication suddenly as you will have to taper the dose. Sudden stoppage of the drug or medication may result in side effects like:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Hallucinations

Effects of Percocet Use and Abuse

Percocet is usually prescribed to be consumed orally. It dissolves in stomach acids and is absorbed into blood. Percocet works on a key and lock mechanism. Percocet is the key and it activates multiple locks or receptors present all over the body. Once these locks or receptors are activated, they cause or mediate a range of chemical reactions inside the body.

What is Percocet?

One of the locks activated by Oxycodone is pain sensations. The drug actively blocks pain receptors in the brain and even other unpleasant stimuli from all over the body. As the effect is on the brain, most people experience a very unusually feeling of lightness or happiness. A few people have also reported a buzz or sensation of being high with the drug.

The drug also causes the brain to release natural neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine which cause a very pleasant happy sensation. These neurotransmitters also release endorphins which add to the pleasant happy sensation experienced with the use of Oxycodone. However, as the drug activates many receptors or locks in the body, it also causes a range of reactions in the body as well. For example, the drug also causes:

  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Sweating
  • Itchiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • CNS depression
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Respiratory depression
  • Uncoordinated movement

This can be quite dangerous as an increased dose of the drug may actually stop the breathing of the patient. Along with these reactions, the drug also causes a feeling of warmth, relaxation and happiness and it actively impairs the decision-making process. Another unusual effect of the medication is that it actively decreases sensation in the genitals and may even numb the sensations of sexual pleasure in the patient.

Available Forms of Percocet

Percocet is commonly available in the form of a white or off-white biconvex tablet. The tablet will have the name Percocet embossed on top of it. Dosages of Percocet vary from 2.5 mg, 5 mg, 7.5 mg, to about 10 mg. The table will also contain fillers like:

  • Starch
  • Povidone
  • Stearic acid
  • FDC colorings
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Microcrystalline cellulose

Acetaminophen or Oxycodone Allergies

Percocet is contraindicated in patients with acetaminophen allergies, or Oxycodone allergies. This medication is also not provided for patients with a known history of:

  • Pregnancy
  • Hypercarbia
  • Paralytic ileus
  • Respiratory depression
  • Acute bronchial asthma

Adverse Reactions to Percocet Abuse

Percocet is usually quite safe as it is an effective painkiller. It works very well to control chronic pain. However, the abuse potential of the drug has increased in the last decade. Overdosing on Percocet may result in respiratory depression. This effect has to be monitored carefully in elderly patients who are at an increased risk of respiratory depression. Patients who have been diagnosed with any kind of respiratory condition have to be careful about the use of Percocet.

Along with respiratory depression, patients with head injuries and increased intracranial pressure are not prescribed the medication. Percocet may also cause lowered blood pressure and hepatotoxicity when it’s combined with paracetamol. There have also been reports of allergic reactions along with severe anaphylaxis, pruritus, swellings and intense itching. It also reacts with a range of other medications causing serious side effects.

Please note that Percocet is very effective in controlling moderate to severe pain. However, the medication should be consumed only according to prescription. Avoid continuous use of the drug and you should be fine.