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Percocet

Sounds Like: PUR.kuh.set

Classification: AnalgesicOpioidCombo-med

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Percocet

  • Percs
  • Oxytamol

Percocet Addiction

Percocet is a combo-med that includes Oxycodone. As such, it comes with the same high risk for addiction and dependence that Oxycodone has. It can also cause respiratory distress as a result of prolonged use. Because the drug is particularly addictive, it’s increasingly likely that respiratory distress will come about for users who use the drug longer or more often than prescribed. The primary risk of respiratory distress, however, comes when percocet is used alongside alcohol or any of several other illicit drugs like heroin. The propensity for addiction comes from Oxycodone, which is highly addictive in and of itself.

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Intended Use of Percocet

The term, “oxytamol,” is merely a portmanteau of the words, “oxycodone” and “paracetamol.” Percocet is just the combination of those two drugs. Paracetomol is better known as acetaminophen or Tylenol, and it’s primarily a medication used to treat mild-to-=moderate pain or fever. Oxycodone, meanwhile, is a partly synthetic opioid used to treat moderate-to-severe pain. As of 2019, percocet was the 59th most commonly prescribed medication in the U.S. with over 11 million prescriptions written for it that year.

How Percocet Is Taken

Percocet is typically administe3red orally. It comes in the form of a tablet much like its individual components.

Side Effects of
Percocet

Percocet is often administered with the recommendation that one eat plenty of dietary fiber and drink water. These are tactics intended to prevent constipation from setting in, and when all else fails, healthcare providers sometimes follow it up with a laxative to compensate for one’s inability to exercise during inpatient treatment. In the most extreme cases, though, rarer side effects can include sleep apnea, mood swings, severe abdominal pain, incontinence and adrenal gland malfunction.

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Signs of an
Addiction to Percocet

Constant thoughts about the drug between uses

Inability to comply with doctor-recommended use paramters

General, physical discomfort unrelated to original pain during lapses or long periods without percocet

Prioritizing use over spending time with family or friends

Percocet
Abuse Facts

Anyone who overuses is prone to overdose on percocet, which isn't difficult to do. Users who overdose usually exhibit several signs of overdose, including decelerated breathing, decelerated heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, lack of an appetite, perspiration, extreme fatigue, jaundice, dark urine and finally slipping into a comatose state.

Those struggling with percocet use disorder generally have trouble describing the appeal of the drug. Those reported in studies have stated that they simply didn't feel like things were right without it. One key observation is that many say they can't function without percocet. They may also take percocet to cope with stressful situations instead of just taking it for pain, too.

Percocet addiction has also been reported to impinge upon one's sex drive or otherwise produce some form of sexual dysfunction in users.