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It’s good to be familiar with the medications we’re being given. If we understand what they are, what they do, and how they work, we are more likely to avoid abusing them. And some people do abuse their prescription medications. In fact, prescription drugs such as opioids are among the most commonly abused substances in the world.
We can change that, one person, at a time, by getting informed. On this article we will be talking about Percocet, a drug that’s often prescribed, and also often misused. Let’s take a closer look.
What is Percocet?
This medication is a combination drug made up of two main active ingredients: oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is used to help patients who are struggling with moderate to severe pain.
Percocet is made up of one narcotic and one non-opioid pain reliever. This means that the combination drug is a very potent painkiller. Of the two active ingredients, oxycodone is the one that’s classified as a narcotic. It is an opioid—meaning it is a synthetic derivative of the opium poppy plant. It works by changing the way your brain perceives and responds to pain signals.
Acetaminophen is usually taken to reduce fever. But when combined with oxycodone, it can boost its pain-relieving effects.
If your doctor prescribes this medication, be sure to follow their instructions properly. Take the exact dosage prescribed, otherwise you might find that the drug is quite habit-forming. Do not take larger doses, and do not take it more often than you’re supposed to.
Recreational Use: Side Effects and Withdrawal
If someone you care about is taking Percocet and they are running out of their prescription much earlier than they’re supposed to, then there’s a chance that they are taking it recreationally. This drug not only relieves pain, but it also causes a euphoric high. That is why many people get addicted to it.
Some people will take Percocet recreationally because it relaxes them.
After a while of abusing this drug, they can become tolerant. They will start requiring larger doses just to get the same effects. And this means if they try to quit at that point, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. They may suffer from nausea, restlessness, muscle aches, excessive sweating, etc.
Your doctor may reduce your dose gradually if this happens. Report any of these symptoms immediately.
Now it is also possible to get addicted to Percocet. Overuse may increase the likelihood of developing addiction. An addicted individual may suffer from more severe health problems like mood swings, severe stomach pain, sudden weight loss, exhaustion, fainting, seizures, and shallow breathing. Some of these may be signs of overdose. Seek medical attention right away if someone you know exhibits these symptoms. Do take note that this is not a complete list of side effects.
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Addiction is a complex thing. It affects more than a person’s physical health. They will compulsively seek out Percocet, making it their primary priority. They will neglect their responsibilities and ruin their own lives over it.
But recovery is possible. A combination of medical detox and behavioral therapy can help a person get back to living a sober life. Look for an addiction treatment center near you today!