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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Percocet Overview

Percocet Addiction TreatmentPercocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. You should not use Percocet if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications. In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking Percocet and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling. If you have this type of reaction, you should never again take any medicine that contains acetaminophen.

Percocet Signs of Abuse

It is not always easy to recognize signs and symptoms of Percocet abuse by family members and friends. Prescription drug abuse does not typically present in the same way as abuse of illegal street drugs. Many people can seem to function normally while taking excessive doses of pain medication. Problems tend to come out into the open only when long-term effects of the drug abuse become evident through an overdose, the manifestation of physical health problems or the escalation of the Percocet abuse into other dangerous drugs. You may end up being surprised at the extent of the problem, wondering how you missed the signs of Percocet abuse. The most obvious way to recognize Percocet abuse is to look for the side effects of using the drug. Some of the most common effects of Percocet use include:

  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Slow breathing
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth

Effects of Percocet Abuse

Percocet Abuse may lead to:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Respiratory failure
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fainting
  • Increase or decrease in pupil size
  • Blue-tinged skin, fingernails or lips
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Fever
  • Panic attack
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Liver damage

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