What Is Percocet and Common Withdrawal Symptoms?
Percocet is a pain-relieving medication that is a combination of the opiate pain reliever oxycodone and acetaminophen. While acetaminophen is normally a mild pain reliever, when combined with oxycodone, the medication can have stronger pain-relieving effects.
Is Percocet Addictive?
As a narcotic analgesic, Percocet has helped many people through episodes of intense pain. However, the medication is also highly addictive and can cause abuse and overdose. Therefore, the answer to “Is Percocet addictive?” is a resounding yes. While Percocet is intended to provide pain relief, it can also result in a sense of euphoria for the user. This sensation is addictive and can cause a person to use the medication when they don’t need it or other than as prescribed. Percocet is also sold on the street as a means to get high.
There is a difference between Percocet addiction and dependence, although this is a fine line. Addiction is when a person loses control over their use of Percocet. An addicted person will take more of the drug that they should, will often snort or inject it, and is at risk of overdose and death due to its abuse. Those who are addicted to Percocet should seek help at a professional rehabilitation center.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, an estimated 3,896 Floridians died from overdoses of fentanyl, heroin, and oxycodone found in Percocet. Some people will take the pills alone and stop breathing, resulting in death. Others will mix them with other drugs and alcohol, which can prove deadly as well.
Common Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms
Some people do not seek help for their Percocet addiction because they fear the common Percocet withdrawal symptoms that can come with abuse. When a person is addicted to Percocet, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. This is because the brain and body become used to the presence of Percocet in the system. When a person stops taking Percocet, they will have Percocet withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to moderate.
The severity of Percocet withdrawal symptoms usually depends upon how long a person has been taking the drug and how much a person was taking. Symptoms of Percocet withdrawal can include:
- Difficulty sleeping
While the symptoms associated with withdrawal from Percocet may not be deadly, they can be severe enough that, accompanied by strong cravings, they cause a person to relapse. A person will often try to use more of a drug than they should. As a result, they can overdose.
Professional Help for Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms
The challenging nature of withdrawing from Percocet means that a person should seek professional addiction rehabilitation treatment when they are ready to stop abusing Percocet. At a professional rehabilitation facility, a person can take medications that reduce withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings for Percocet. Examples include methadone, buprenorphine (Subutex), and clonidine. They can also receive around-the-clock professional support as they achieve sobriety.
Most commonly, symptoms will peak about one to three days after a person takes their last Percocet. Symptoms will start to subside from the acute phase about five to seven days. However, a person can still experience what is known as the post-acute withdrawal phase of Percocet withdrawal symptoms for weeks to months. Symptoms associated with this phase include anxiety, feelings of sadness or depression, and lack of enjoyment in activities the person once liked doing.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.