What is Percocet?
Generic Name: Acetaminophen and Oxycodone.
Brand Names: Percocet, Endocet, Xartemis XR, Primlev, Roxicet.
Percocet is the brand name for acetaminophen and oxycodone. It is a powerful narcotic that is often used to treat moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever medication. Acetaminophen is a less potent drug, also used for pain relief that increases the effects of oxycodone. This synthetic opioid is one of the most commonly prescribed painkillers. It 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.
This drug may be used to treat pain or other conditions determined by your healthcare professional. Also known as Oxycodone, Percocet® is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. The narcotic works by binding to the opioid receptors found in the brain and spinal cord. At the same time, the analgesic/antipyretic decreases the formation of specific chemicals which substantially reduces the pain threshold.
Some medications can interact with this drug and diminish its effectiveness, cause difficulty breathing and sedation. Alcohol, tranquilizers and sleeping pills should be avoided while taking Percocet. Individuals who are allergic to any ingredient in Percocet, those with severe diarrhea due to antibiotic use and those taking naltrexone should avoid taking this narcotic pain reliever. It is not recommended for children and elderly users should remain cautious as they may be more sensitive to the side effects.
MISUSE OR ABUSE OF THIS DRUG CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR EVEN DEATH, especially in a child or an individual using the medication without a prescription.
Percocet Side Effects
Get immediate emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction. Adverse symptoms may include hives; difficulty breathing and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. For more accurate information, please call your doctor.
Commonly reported side effects could also include:
- Mood changes
- Blurred vision
More severe 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.
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Percocet addiction can happen in all age groups, races, economic classes and social circles. In fact, the abuse of drugs containing oxycodone, like Percocet, has increased across all ethnic and socio-economical groups. Abuse can easily stem from prescription use that leads to tolerance, physical dependence and, ultimately, addiction. Even those patients who have been written a legitimate prescription can become victims to Percocet addiction and substance use disorder.
In addition to those who have been legitimately prescribed, there is another group of abusers that have obtained the drug illegally. Often these users are seeking to self-medicate an undiagnosed mental health disorder like depression or anxiety. Others take the substance to modify a distressful or challenging aspect of their life. Regardless of the reason Percocet abuse begins, the situation typically ends badly. Percocet Addiction only adds new issues to the existing ones.
Survey results show that the vast majority of substance abusers claim that they don’t believe they need help – the reality is they are often in denial because of shame and fear.
Denial- Denial is the most significant factor which allows addiction to thrive. It causes a person to become oblivious to the real source and root of their problems. The person may be so absorbed in their drug use they deny the existence of actual issues – despite the evidence.
Shame- It is difficult to admit there is a need for drug treatment because of the stigma surrounding addiction. Shame can be one of the most overwhelming and painful emotions there are; it can become a significant barrier to seeking professional help.
Fear- Fear is a genuine and overpowering emotion. It takes a tremendous amount of motivation, determination, and courage to enter an addiction treatment program. The thought of suffering through withdrawal or not succeeding through it can also be a source of fear. Detox can be emotionally and physically exhausting. If a person has previously gone through drug rehab but has relapsed, they may be afraid of another failure.
Often, there is only a short window of opportunity to get opioid users, the help that they so desperately need. The willingness, desire or the realization that they need help, can fade quickly. If the opportunity arises, it’s essential to act as promptly as possible. It is also crucial to have a plan in place; talk to a treatment professional ahead of time. We are here for you.
If you suddenly stop taking the drug, you could experience powerful withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal occurs because the metabolism is scrambling to regulate after relying on a constant opioid interference. The more dependent the individual is, the longer it will take to achieve stability.
Withdrawal symptoms from drugs containing oxycodone are similar to symptoms of a very intense flu and can include:
- Runny Nose
- Stomach and muscle cramps
- restless legs
- insomnia and other flu-like symptoms.
You should not use this drug without the authorization from your doctor or if you have recently used tranquilizers alcohol, sedatives, or other narcotic medications.
Drugs that contain Oxycodone can slow or stop your breathing. Use only when prescribed and with the correct dose. Do not take more than is recommended. An overdose of drugs containing acetaminophen can cause liver damage or even death.
You should call your doctor immediately if you have any nausea, pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes). For more serious symptoms such as (but not limited to):
- Extreme drowsiness
- Cold and clammy skin
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Loss of consciousness and slow, shallow breathing, please dial 911 or the closest medical emergency services as these can be symptoms of an occurring overdose.
Percocet Detox Treatment and Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox
There are a number of different treatments available for Percocet addiction, including Anesthesia Assisted Rapid Detox. Anesthesia detox is not for everyone and patients should be well assessed for candidacy. Other medical options for opioid detoxification should be available and discussed with the patient.
Being admitted to a full-service hospital gives patients the additional medical options and resources needed. These resources are not available at overnight treatments in surgical centers or operating rooms. Individuals have different profiles and health histories; that should be appropriately assessed and considered. Having different medical options in the same location gives the doctor and patients the opportunity to tailor each detoxification, for additional safety and effectiveness.
The Waismann Method has offered medical opioid detoxification for nearly two decades. Some of the factors that make us the best treatment for Percocet addiction are:
- Full-Service Private Accredited Hospital
- 18 years of Experience, Reputation for Excellence and Superior Care
- Multi-Board Certified Medical Director
- Patients are Treated individually in Private ICU Rooms
- 5 to 10 days Inpatient All Inclusive ( 2 to 4 days in the hospital and the remainder at the recovery center )
If you are seeking the best Treatment available, you found it! We believe that patients that have become dependent deserve, respect, comfort, and privacy during detox. Waismann Treatment has been one of the most respect Opiate treatment in the world and available for those who want the best. Ask us about quick admissions, call us today.