Percocet contains a mixture of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone belongs to a group of drugs called narcotic pain relieving drugs.
Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever (e.g., found in Tylenol) and can increase the effects of oxycodone, making it more dangerous and more attractive to people whom abuse oxycodone already. Percocet, generally, is a prescribed medication used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Percocet can cause side effects that may impair one’s coordination, reactions, and thinking. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Percocet as it increases the intensity of the aforementioned side effects and can cause liver damage. Some serious side effects due to taking Percocet include:
- Shallow breathing,
- Slow heartbeat,
- Loss of appetite,
- and itching
Percocet can be very addictive if used for a prolonged period of time. Percocet, like other addictive drugs, activates the brain’s reward systems. After prolonged use, the brain causes the individual to crave the drug and can lead to a change in behavior around seeking and taking the drug.
This chemical altering of the brain can lead to an addiction, where the brain is dependent on the drug. Drugs diminish a person’s level of consciousness causing them to not be able to think clearly or be fully aware of their present environment.
Getting Professional Addiction Treatment
If someone develops an addiction to Percocet, treatment is available. Typical treatment for abuse of Percocet involves methodologies that are similar to other opiate addiction treatments. These treatments focus on handling withdrawal symptoms and retraining the individual to see life in a new way; a way without the abuse of Percocet.
It is important to find a treatment program that will address specific addiction treatment needs, as well as unique personal ones. Finding the right program can be time-consuming, but that is where our specialists come into help. Rehab Help specialists will listen to the needs and preferences of our clients and go through the treatment options to provide the best treatment recommendations. Finding the right program will increase the likelihood of a successful rehabilitation process, as well as increase the outcome of a lasting recovery.