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Percocet is an opioid analgesic comprising a mix of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Both components are used as pain relievers, though acetaminophen can also be used to reduce fevers. Percocet is commonly prescribed for relieving moderate to severe pain from cancer, surgery, or chronic illness.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Percocet Use

Percocet operates much like other opiates and is noted by feelings of euphoria, calm emotions, and relaxed muscles. This directly affects how your body reacts to pain, making Percocet an effective pain reliever. Some other common side effects of Percocet include:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Weakness and general fatigue
  • Mood swings

  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feelings of dizziness

Complications of Percocet Abuse

Thanks to Percocet’s ready availability and high concentration of oxycodone, the drug has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Addiction can hurt your physical health, but the true danger comes from its potential to change you as a person. Addiction causes reckless behavior, resulting in you lashing out at those you love. Addiction also relinquishes your control, preventing you from properly enjoying your life to its fullest.

Common complications associated with percocet addiction include:

  • Liver damage
  • Overdose that results in death
  • Organ failure

Dangers of Percocet Use

Percocet abuse can lead to a variety of dangers to your physical health, including:

  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory failure
  • Shallow breathing
  • Seizures
  • Fainting

Some people are also allergic to Percocet, which can lead to rashes, itching, breathing problems, and dizziness.

Symptoms of Percocet Addiction

Addiction is driven by a chemical dependency. Percocet affects a variety of different chemicals in the body, namely dopamine, a hormone used to regulate motivation and reward. Users may take Percocet to trigger that constant sense of reward. To adjust for the rush of dopamine, your brain may also reduce the amount of dopamine it produces normally or block its receptors, forcing you to take Percocet just to feel normal.

Some common symptoms of Percocet addiction include:

  • Using the drug for its high
  • Taking the drug for longer than your doctor prescribes
  • Taking larger dosages than your doctor prescribes
  • Chewing or snorting Percocet
  • Relying on the drug to relieve stress


  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills
  • Cramps
  • Muscle pain
  • Stiff joints
  • Fear and anxiety

Medical Intervention for Percocet Addiction

Medication can play an important role in recovery and detox. When used properly, medication can correct chemical imbalances or simply help you deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms better. For Percocet, your doctor may prescribe:
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Suboxone (a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone)

Percocet Detox Process

The main goal of detox is to rid your body of the toxins that have accumulated in your body from drug use. This is generally accomplished by stopping or tapering the use of the drug and waiting for the withdrawal symptoms to subside.

Inpatient care is the best option for detox treatment. When you’re admitted to an inpatient facility, you are treated to a safe, encouraging environment that is free of distractions or bad influences that could trigger a relapse. Best of all, inpatient care gives you direct, 24/7 access to a medical staff, who can administer medication, develop personalized treatment plans, and provide counseling for emotional support.

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