Percocet is a prescription narcotic drug that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is composed of acetaminophen and oxycodone, and can be highly addictive.
Percocet addiction can come about due to a number of different possible factors. Some people have certain disorders that may predispose them to developing a dependence on drugs like Percocet and other narcotics. Research has indicated that certain people may be born without the receptor sites for neurotransmitters and therefore might turn to abusing narcotics to rectify this imbalance in their brain chemistry.
There are also environmental causes that predispose someone to form a Percocet addiction. Those who are raised in homes where addiction abounds may develop addictions of their own later in life due to ways they’ve learned to cope with life.
People with undiagnosed and untreated mental illnesses may self-medicate in order to feel better and end up abusing this drug.
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There are other drugs and illegal substances that are similar in action to Percocet and also have the potential for abuse. These include:
Percocet is also known by a number of different “street names:”
Percocet addiction signs can be multiple, though not everyone will display all of them. These are some of the symptoms observed in someone with an addiction to Percocet:
There are physical, psychological and social effects that someone with an addiction to Percocet may eventually face.
This drug can affect the body’s ability to perform in a normal way, leading to:
Someone’s mental health can be negatively affected causing::
Percocet addiction can also affect someone on a social level:
When someone abuses these two substances together, the effects can be devastating, as mixing them makes each of these substances that much stronger. The sedation effects become heightened when these drugs are combined and accidental overdose can result.
Xanax when taken with Percocet can heighten side effects that include dizziness, lethargy and lack of concentration. Impaired thinking and judgment may also occur.
Stopping Percocet abuse is not easy and withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Symptoms can last from two days to a week and begin just 12-24 hours after the drug is stopped. Percocet withdrawal symptoms can include excessive yawning, watery eyes, nasal discharge, excessive salivation, body temperature issues, irritability, muscle aches, raised blood pressure or heart rate among other symptoms.
Percocet addiction can be treated. First the person must be weaned off the drug slowly to help with withdrawal symptoms. There are step-down programs to help accomplish this with a physician. A medical detox program will help get an addict off Percocet using strict guidelines in a rehab facility. Education and counseling aid patients who have overdosed and need help with their behavior and abuse issues. Different types of therapy, such as group therapy and behavior modification therapy are also commonly prescribed to treat Percocet addiction.