Percocet is the brand name for acetaminophen and oxycodone and is a powerful narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain. The synthetic opioid is one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers. Percocet is available in capsules and tablets. Adults should not take more than 4 grams (4,000 mg) of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period as it can cause liver damage. The combination of narcotic properties in Percocet works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. The analgesic component reduces pain.

Percocet® relieves moderate to severe pain. Percocet ® may also be used to treat other conditions determined by your healthcare professional. Also known as Oxycodone, Percocet® is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers.

Percocet ® is a combination of an analgesic, colloquially known as a painkiller, an antipyretic, a drug used to lower the body’s temperature and a narcotic, a drug used primarily to induce sleep. The narcotic works by binding to the opiod receptor found in the brain and spinal cord, while the analgesic/antipyretic decreases the formation of specific chemicals which greatly reduce the pain threshold.

Percocet Warnings

Some medications can interact with Percocet and diminish its effectiveness or cause difficult breathing and sedation. Alcohol, tranquilizers and sleeping pills should be avoided while taking Percocet. Others who should avoid taking it include those who are allergic to any ingredient in Percocet, those with severe diarrhea due to antibiotic use and those taking naltrexone or sodium oxybate (GHB). It is not recommended for children and caution should be taken by elderly users, as they may be more sensitive to the side effects.

Percocet Side Effects

Commonly reported side effects of taking Percocet include:
*Mood changes
*Blurred vision

More serious side effects include:
*Severe allergic reaction including hives, rash, swelling
*Difficulty breathing
*Dark urine
*Slow/irregular breathing
*Slow/irregular heartbeat
*Stomach pain
*Yellowing of the eyes and skin

Constipation is commonly reported in opiate users. Doctors recommend a diet high in fiber, increased water consumption and exercise. For more serious cases, a stool softener or laxative may be required.

Percocet Addiction

Narcotics such as Percocet, Darvocet, OxyContin and Heroin are highly addictive. Percocet can be habit-forming and lead to dependence if used at high doses for long periods of time.

Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. Users can develop a tolerance, causing them to take more in the pursuit of pain relief. Some of those who become addicted choose to stay that way out of fear of withdrawal and the return of pain.

Percocet Overdose

Overdose can occur in users who take more Percocet than prescribed. Symptoms of overdose include: extreme drowsiness, cold and clammy skin, unusual sweating, weakness, persistent nausea and vomiting, loss of consciousness and slow, shallow breathing. If you stop taking Percocet suddenly, you could experience powerful withdrawal, including convulsions, tremor, stomach and muscle cramps, sweating, vomiting and flu-like symptoms. Percocet addicts are sometimes treated with buprenorphine, another opiate, usually in the form of Suboxone.

Percocet Treatment

Treating an addiction to opiates with another opiate does not work for everyone. Often, users develop a dependence on the replacement opiate and must be weaned. Medical supervision is often necessary to treat opioid addiction. Detoxing from opiates can be difficult, both physically and mentally. Highly successful rapid detox treatment is quick, safe and eliminates the withdrawal period.

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