Percocet is the brand name of a prescription analgesic (painkiller). This highly addictive pain killer is also marketed under different brands, such as Endocet, Magnacet, Narvox, Roxicet, and Tylox. Percocet is one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers, and unsurprisingly, Percocet addiction is becoming increasingly widespread.

This article explains Percocet basics and what it is prescribed for, how and why addiction develops, as well as prescription drug treatment available. If you or anyone you know uses Percocet, then this may be a very important and relevant piece of information that you should know.

What Is Percocet?

Percocet is a drug that comprises of oxycodone and acetaminophen in varying proportions. Oxycodone is a chemical compound that is an opioid painkiller. This means that Oxycodone is a narcotic substance and is, therefore, capable of creating physical dependence in regular users.

What is Percocet Prescribed For?

The oxycodone–acetaminophen combination makes Percocet a highly effective painkiller. This is why Percocet is widely prescribed for people with moderate to severe pain.

How Addiction Develops?

Oxycodone is a psychoactive substance that is synthesized from the morphine-like compound, thebaine. A psychoactive or psychotropic drug is one that manipulates the central nervous system. Such substances are capable of inducing changes in a person’s mood, consciousness, sensory perception, and, indeed, his or her whole behavior.  This makes psychoactive substances potentially dangerous, as one may no longer be in control of his or her mind or behavior on consuming them. However, some of these substances, such as opioids, are very effective at providing pain relief. That is why they are often prescribed for people suffering from chronic, acute pain.

Our bodies contain “opioid receptor sites” in the brain as well as in the gastrointestinal tract. Various drugs, such as Percocet, have opioids physically bound to the receptor sites in the body. This binding produces painkilling effects by reducing pain perception as well as increasing pain tolerance and decreasing the body’s reaction to pain.

Over constant use, the body becomes more tolerant to opioids. This means that the painkilling ability of the drug becomes reduced because the body is now “used” to the substance. This requires a higher dosage of the drug to provide the same amount of relief.

Using Percocet leads to physical or chemical dependence on the opioid. In other words, the body starts having a physiological “expectation” or need for opioids. Lack of the opioid may then produce unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, muscular cramps, restlessness, and bone pain.

These unpleasant side effects are called opiate withdrawal symptoms. The severity of withdrawal symptoms often prompts those experiencing them to go back to using opiates, to avoid side effects. The person is then stuck in this cycle, which results in addiction.

In many cases, in addition to the physical dependence, users may also develop a strong psychological dependence, where they are not emotionally satisfied unless they are using opiates.

Percocet Slang Terms:

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Percocet Side Effects:

While Percocet is prescribed mainly for pain relief, many people also use it as a tool to avoid dealing with other issues in their lives. As explained above, one of the functions of the drug is to alleviate pain by reducing perception. This results in people using opiates to feel better, as they forget other problems.

The term “abuse” in the context of drugs typically refers to people who use without a prescription or use the substances illegally. Even with a legitimate reason, prolonged use of prescription drugs may lead to dependence and abuse. People trying to handle depression, stress, or anxiety often fall prey to the Percocet abuse.

Prolonged use of the drug, regardless of the purpose, can cause several side effects. These effects may range from relatively minor things, such as a dry mouth, nausea, sweats, drowsiness, and constipation, to graver symptoms.

The more serious symptoms are the loss of concentration and situational awareness, as well as dizziness. These can be particularly dangerous if they occur at a time when the person is alone and not likely to have immediate help or when driving, for instance.

Furthermore, abusers also often experience deterioration in personal relationships, financial difficulties, legal problems, employment difficulties, and psychological difficulties. If you or anyone you know experiences these symptoms, you must seek professional medical help immediately.

Treatment is available for Percocet addiction, and it is certainly possible to overcome any prescription drug addiction. However, this is best done with assistance and under the care and supervision of qualified medical professionals.

Percocet Treatment:

There are several treatment options for Percocet addiction or any sort of narcotic substance abuse problem. Dependence on Percocet can certainly be overcome. Treatment typically includes a combination of psychological, medical, and nutritional methods. For treatment to be most effective, it must be designed to address the particular individual’s case as well as be administered and supervised by medical experts.

The first step in treatment is usually detox, wherein medical professionals supervise a patient’s withdrawal process. Symptoms in acute cases can be especially severe, so it’s important that withdrawal be attempted under proper care.  Depending on the individual case, this may be done in some medical clinics, hospitals, or other certified facilities.

Substances known as “partial agonists” help overcome addiction. These substances are similar to opioids that bind with receptor sites but produce a lesser effect than the actual drugs, thus reducing the severity of withdrawal. However, they can only be administered under the care of qualified medical experts, and their use generally requires the patient to have commenced the withdrawal process.

The duration of prescription drug treatment varies from one individual to another.  A very important part of drug rehabilitation is the process of counseling patients to get back to normalcy. To prevent Percocet addiction for good, treatment must be supplemented with support to help patients cope with cravings.

It is very important to remember that the information provided here is general. It is intended to help you recognize whether you or anyone you know needs expert medical assistance. It cannot and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical help.

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