Percocet – Side Effects & Health Risks of Addiction

What is Percocet?

Percocet is a brand name of an opioid pain reliever containing a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone, is one of the most heavily abused narcotic pain relievers in the United States, and Percocet is just one of many drugs that contain it.

The narcotic is used to relieve moderate to severe pain in patients suffering from a wide variety of acute and chronic injuries (typically chronic). The oxycodone is a potent opioid that is sometimes referred to as “synthetic heroin” and the acetaminophen amplifies the effects of the oxycodone.

Percocet belongs to the opioid family that makes up the class of the most widely abused prescription drugs in the United States. Often users start using Percocet that they obtain legally, through a doctor’s prescription or through a friend, family member, or acquaintance that has access to the drug. Regardless of whether initial use was intended for pain relief or for recreational purposes opioids are some of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Its misuse often results in severe withdrawal effects, high rates of accidental overdose, and severe potential for abuse or dependence.

Side Effects of Opioid-Based Pain Relievers (Like Percocet)

Percocet has been shown to have numerous side effects, both mild and severe. Some of these can even be life threatening. If you have signs of an allergic reaction to Percocet, such as hives, swelling of the face (including lips, tongue or throat), or difficulty breathing, seek emergency help immediately.

The most common side effects of Percocet include upset stomach, constipation, blurred vision, dry mouth or drowsiness.

Typically, when taken as prescribed, Percocet is safe under the supervision of a doctor. However, abuse of the drug often leads to severe long-term side effects that typically are the result of abuse.

Health Risks Associated With Long-Term Use

The initial effects of nausea and overall body comfort quickly give way to dependence that requires more and more of the drug in order to feel the same effects. As such, these higher doses come with some severe health consequences such as liver damage (or failure), kidney failure, chronic constipation, and decreased testosterone levels in men.

Due to the tolerance your body builds while abusing the drug, Percocet users are highly susceptible to accidental overdose. This happens by taking more and more of the drug over time as your dependence and tolerance levels build. Because of this, users often take too much, which could land them in the emergency room, or even lead to death. Overdose rates with opioid painkillers that lead to death are higher than that of cocaine, and heroin combined.

In addition to the severe physical problems that Percocet dependence has been known to cause, the drug affects an individual’s mental health as well. Opioid users show higher instances of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder than that of their non-using peers. In addition, all opioids have been shown to affect the body in a way that alters the manner in which the brain perceives pain.

This complex process is a symptom of opioid withdrawal in which the body creates pain where there is none, or intensifies pain in order to return to baseline levels that it has experienced while on the drug.

How Prescott House Can Help

Opioid addictions are amongst the hardest in terms of detox and rehabilitation if there is no appropriate structure to treatment.

Prescott House is a center for males that has extensive experience in battling opioid addiction. Our quality staff is highly trained in the needs of our patients and we are always up-to-date on the latest in substance abuse treatment and care.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you or your loved one overcome Percocet addiction.

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