Percocet is a synthetic opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is the brand name for the combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is a strong pain relieving narcotic and acetaminophen is a moderate pain relieving analgesic.
Acetaminophen enhances oxycodone’s painkilling effects, reducing the need for a stronger narcotic. Together, they work to bind opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord to effectively reduce pain. Fortunately, treatment is available for Percocet addiction.
Percocet is a frequently prescribed pain medication in the United States and Percocet addiction one of the most common. Slang names used on the street to describe the drug are:
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Oxycodone is an opiate analgesic derived from the same source as heroin and morphine. Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system, modifying the way the brain perceives pain. Percocet addiction can develop when it taken in larger doses than recommended.
Percocet can cause the same high as heroin. It is a central nervous system depressant. When consumed, it floods the system with dopamine. This causes feelings of euphoria, calm, relaxation and heightened pleasure. Once the brain and body depend on Percocet to function because of altered brain chemistry, addiction results.
Taking a narcotic medication that was legally prescribed to treat a painful condition is not an anomaly. As a result, the signs and symptoms of abuse or addiction tend to continue unnoticed until the drug abuse becomes a full blown addiction or a deadly overdose situation occurs. The most common signs of Percocet abuse include:
Physical and Psychological
Side Effects of Mixing Percocet with Alcohol include:
Percocet is a narcotic painkiller that has a high potential for abuse and gives a sense of euphoria. Xanax is an anti-anxiety drug producing calming and relaxing effects in a person. Xanax is a drug used as a sedative and as a sleep aid.
Addiction to Percocet presents numerous withdrawal symptoms when use is halted. Withdrawal symptoms can include fever, chills, body aches and pain, hypertension, exacerbated heart rate, tremors, panic attacks, seizures and depression. It is highly recommended that withdrawal from Percocet occur with around the clock medical supervision. A medical detox helps to alleviate suffering and minimize any health complications that, without immediate medical treatment, could be fatal.
Recovery in state-of-the-art drug rehab treatment centers provides the support and expertise of board certified addiction clinicians to facilitate complete recovery from Percocet addiction. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs are customized and incorporate traditional, holistic and innovative cutting edge treatments that enable clients to achieve full recovery. Relapse prevention education and training also provide tools that help people in recovery enjoy long term sobriety.