Percocet can be an effective, useful pain reliever, when taken according to a doctor’s instructions. But the euphoric effects Percocet creates can often lead to dangerous addiction. If you’re ready to overcome the Percocet addiction in your life, call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943.
What is Percocet?
Percocet is the brand name of a prescription-only narcotic pain reliever manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Percocet is used to treat moderate to severe acute (or short-term) pain.
The active ingredients of Percocet are oxycodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is the drug found in Tylenol, a common household medicine for mild pain. Oxycodone, meanwhile, is a much stronger pain reliever in the opiate family of drugs, and the same family that includes heroin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first approved Percocet for medical use in 1976.
Percocet is sometimes simply called a “pain killer” pill or “pain pills.” The drug is also referred to by the nickname “Percs.”
How is Percocet consumed?
Percocet is typically taken orally, though it may also be crushed and then snorted, or crushed and dissolved in water and injected like heroin. The acetaminophen in Percocet has the potential of making users sick if too much of the drug is consumed, and there’s also a risk of fatal overdose when too many Percocet pills are ingested.
Percocet pills are available in six combinations of oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen, with different appearances (yellow, blue, or pink tables for example) with oxycodone strength ranging from 2.5 mg to 10 mg.
How widespread is Percocet Addiction?
Abuse of pain relievers like Percocet has skyrocketed. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, non-medical use of pain relievers has increased from 573,000 Americans in 1990 to 2.5 million users in 2003. More than half (55%) of the new users were female, and more than half (56%) were ages 18 or older.
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Percocet’s short-term effects:
- Feelings of euphoria
- Depressed respiration
Percocet’s long-term effects:
- Physical addiction, leading to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms if the user stops taking the pills
- Tolerance, if the addict takes larger and larger doses to achieve the same effect, creating a greater risk of fatal overdose
- Liver damage
- Kidney failure
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, which monitors medications and illicit drugs reported by emergency room patients, emergency room visits in which oxycodone was a factor have increased by 450% between 1994 and 2002. Opiate pain relievers like oxycodone, which is the main ingredient in Percocet, accounted for 119,000 emergency room visits in 2002.
What are the risks of Percocet addiction during pregnancy?
Pregnant women should avoid the use of Percocet, as the drug could cause narcotic withdrawal symptoms in the infant after delivery. Percocet is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Category C medication, which means it should only be given to pregnant women if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
What is Percocet addiction so hard to overcome?
Many Percocet addicts begin using the drug for legitimate medical reasons, and then find themselves unable to quit. Big roadblock for addicts are the difficult withdrawal symptoms experienced when stopping “cold turkey,” including:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
Percocet addiction treatment is the answer.
With the professional drug addiction treatment centers available through Treatment Solutions, an addiction to prescription drugs can be conquered. Around-the-clock medical supervision during the detox period makes a big difference, as our clients receive medication that can ease, or even eliminate, uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
After drug rehab, our clients leave well-equipped to stay clean and sober, and armed with relapse prevention tips and referrals to local support groups. If you’re ready to start living the happy, successful life you’ve always wanted, call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943.
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