Percocet is an oxycodone and acetaminophen combination. These two drugs are combined to get a syngergistic effect, originally prescription for pain relief. Oxycodone, branded OxyContin, is similar to other narcotics in terms of its effects and addiction potential. Other brand names are Roxicet and Tylox.
Oxycodone is made from thebaine, an opiate alkaloid and minor component of opium. Oxycodone is a drug subject to abuse. Oxycodone was first synthesized by the pharmaceutical company Bayer, which stopped production due to the high potential for Percocet addiction and abuse by patients, as well as their physicians.
Percocet abusers often crush the tablets, then either ingest the resulting powder orally, intranasally (snorting), intravenously (shooting up) by subcutaneous injection after dissolving the powder, or rectally, for rapid absorption into the bloodstream.
What are the side effects of Percocet?
The side effects of Percocet are:
- Constricted pupils
- Depressed feeling
- Exaggerated feeling of well-being
- Itchy skin
- Skin rash
- Slowed breathing
What are the symptoms of Percocet abuse?
The symptoms of Percocet abuse are:
- Bluish skin
- Eyes or skin with yellow tone
- Cold and clammy skin
- Decreased or irregular breathing
- Extreme sleepiness
- Heart attack
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle weakness
- Slow heartbeat
- Vague bodily discomfort
Treatment for Percocet Addiction
Treatment for Percocet addiction begins with admitting powerlessness over the drug and accepting the need to get help. A Percocet rehab center can get you on the path toward healing, first with Percocet detox (often using methadone or Suboxone for a comfortable withdrawal period) followed by a full course of personalized Percocet addiction treatment.
Addiction to Percocet can have detrimental effects on your life and the people around you. In addition to being extremely harmful to your physical health, Percocet addiction can cost you your job, your relationships with family and friends, your freedom, your future and your mental health.
Most people need help to quit Percocet. Although some people are afraid that getting help is a sign of weakness, entering Percocet rehab is one of the most courageous decisions a Percocet addict can make. For more information about Percocet addiction and Percocet rehab options, call