Percocet is classified as a Schedule II drug which means it has a high potential for addiction and can only be obtained by prescription from a licensed physician. One of the ingredients in this drug is oxycodone which, like morphine, is a very strong narcotic pain reliever oxycodone in this drug is designed to be slowly released over time. Consequently, Percocet tablets should never be chewed, crushed or broken which would release a large amount of oxycodone into the system at once and possibly cause a serious or fatal drug overdose.
For patients who find themselves taking the drug more often than prescribed for a long period of time, addiction may occur. To be sure that you are taking a correct dose and to avoid Percocet abuse, it is best to measure the liquid form with a spoon or cup that is made especially for medication dose measurement.
Possible signs of Percocet addiction include:
- Needing more pills to obtain the same effect as when you received your initial prescription.
- Taking larger doses on a more frequent basis than originally prescribed.
- Seeing different doctors to obtain Percocet prescriptions because your original doctor will no longer write any more prescriptions for you.
- Buying Percocet on the street.
If these signs are present, a person might be in need of Percocet addiction treatment.
Percocet is a combination of the narcotic oxycodone and acetaminophen which is commonly known as Tylenol. This product is used to control moderate to severe pain.
Doctors routinely prescribe this drug to patients to aid in the healing process after surgery as well as to dull the pain of serious injuries resulting from automobile accidents or the like. Consequently, the use and addiction of Percocet is not limited to a specific age or socio-economic group as this narcotic is not routinely used as a recreational drug. Grandma or grandpa might well have a Percocet prescription to alleviate their arthritis pain, mom or dad may be taking this drug because of a herniated disc and junior may have been seriously injured in a car or motorcycle accident. The individual usually does not realize he or she is addicted to this powerful narcotic until they find it is controlling their life.
Individuals who have been taking Percocet on a continuous basis for more than five to seven days should not suddenly stop taking this drug as withdrawal symptoms could occur. This should only be done while being monitored by your doctor who will probably want to gradually reduce your dosage of this powerful narcotic analgesic.
Abruptly stopping the use of Percocet may result in severe withdrawal symptoms which will occur from six to eight hours after taking the last dose. Some of these symptoms include:
- runny nose
- tearing eyes
- aches and pains
- upset stomach
- difficulty sleeping
Buprenorphine is the drug that will help any patient fight his or her cravings during Percocet addiction, and will keep them from going through the more painful withdrawal symptoms of a Percocet or Percodan addiction. To find out more about how to end Percocet addiction or any opiate addiction, call Lakehouse Recovery Center.