Part of what makes medications like Percocet so addictive is the potential to experience severe symptoms of withdrawal when use is stopped abruptly. According to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, men and women who were prescribed Percocet after surgery and took the medication for two or more weeks experienced withdrawal symptoms when they discontinued use even though they had used the medication as prescribed.
Once a strong physical dependence has been formed, the symptoms of Percocet withdrawal can be so agonizing that even when an individual wants to quit, they keep resorting to using the drug just to avoid the pain. If you or someone you love has been abusing Percocet or any other prescription opioid, seeking treatment in a medically monitored detox facility is critical.
Additionally, Percocet is a combination of oxycodone (a powerful opioid) and acetaminophen (the active ingredient in over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol) Acetaminophen has been shown to cause permanent liver damage. The high dose of acetaminophen found in Percocet can quickly cause liver damage if an individual consistently ingests more than the recommended dose. So detoxing off of Percocet as soon as possible could save an individual irreversible damage.
Even when an individual takes Percocet exactly as it is prescribed, for a pain-related issue, he or she runs the risk of developing a dependence over time. Dependence produces many side effects.
Side Effects of Percocet Dependence:
- Excessive drowsiness
- Memory problems
- Issues related to cognitive functioning
- Bone problems
- Cardiac issues
- Chronic constipation
- Decreased testosterone
Percocet is currently labeled as a Schedule II chemical substance under the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, meaning that it has an exceptionally high potential for abuse and that regular use (even when using the medication as intended) can lead to physical and psychological dependence. If you or someone you care about has been abusing this medication — or any other habit-forming prescription drug — Guardian Recovery Network is available to help. Our medical detox programs offer a comfortable Percocet withdrawal while preparing clients to smoothly transition into the next appropriate level of clinical care. To learn more about our program of recovery, contact us today.