What is Percocet?
Percocet is prescribed to treat severe pain and is designed for short-term usage only. As a compound of Acetaminophen and Oxycodone, Percocet is highly addictive even in as little as one week of continuous use. Percocet creates a euphoric effect similar to Heroin or Morphine, but at a greatly reduced level of strength.
Signs of Percocet Addiction
Percocet is available in different strengths. Each level of strength has a limit that corresponds to what is considered safe to take without overdosing. Patterns of addiction can be seen to occur in persons that are exceeding their dosage. Increased amounts of Percocet contain negative side effects from excessive amounts of Acetaminophen in the system. Withdrawal symptoms can develop as soon as the medication is discontinued.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Percocet
Flu-like symptoms lead to intense cravings for more Percocet. The withdrawal symptoms for Percocet are not unlike Morphine and include rapid heart rate, hypertension, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, watery eyes, runny nose, body ache, and depression. Psychological addiction to Percocet can exceed physical addiction in terms of duration. Withdrawal symptoms set on within twelve to twenty-four hours of the last dosage and peak at around forty-eight to seventy-two hours. The duration of withdrawal symptoms will vary with duration of individual usage and level of tolerance developed. Standard detox stays for Percocet last approximately seven days. Even when physical symptoms of withdrawal have passed, psychological patterns of addiction often remain if left untreated.
Percocet Addiction & Long Term Treatment
Addiction to Percocet requires medically supervised detoxification treatment due to the narcotic nature of the drug and the severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Percocet overdose requires emergency treatment in which an opioid antagonist is injected to block the drug chemically. Since Percocet is a morphine-derived drug, overdose can potentially be fatal. In addition to concerns with opioid overdose, excessive amounts of Acetaminophen can lead to liver damage.
Non-Emergency Supervised Detoxification
Under the supervision of a physician or addiction specialist, controlled detoxification can occur as inpatient or outpatient, but ideally detoxification is provided on an inpatient basis to ensure around the clock monitoring and care. Sudden abstinence can result in severe withdrawals in which Clonidine is often administered.
Drug Counseling and Education
After the physical symptoms of withdrawal have subsided and the drug has been successfully eliminated from the system, additional counseling is strongly recommended. Private and group therapy, life skills training, and addiction education can prevent relapse and resolve issues that are directly related to the problem of addiction.
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