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Percocet and Physical Distress

Every drug you take will affect your body. These changes that occur to your body are called side effects. Some of the side effects are minor, such as dry mouth. However, some side effects can be severe, especially when you abuse the drug. Abusing a prescription drug like Percocet is no exception.

Percocet is a drug containing oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is used to treat moderately severe pain. It works by elevating the amount of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is linked with pleasurable experiences, which is why people abuse drugs that increase dopamine in the brain. Unfortunately, abusing Percocet causes physical distress.

Short-term effects of taking Percocet include:

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

Fortunately, these side effects will wear off soon after you take the last dose of Percocet. However, if you take Percocet more often than prescribed or in stronger doses than prescribed, these effects can put more stress on your body.

Abusing Percocet will cause your body to experience:

  • Anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Severe nausea
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Fever
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Chronic constipation
  • Slightly decreased testosterone levels in men

If you take too much Percocet at one time, you could overdose, which if left untreated, can lead to death.

Symptoms of Percocet overdose can include:

  • Shock
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart attack
  • Circulatory system collapse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Coma

The physical distress caused by Percocet abuse isn’t worth any euphoric high you might experience short term. Addiction to Percocet can only cause damage to your heath, your relationships, your career, and your future.

Treatment for Percocet Addiction

If you think you may be addicted to Percocet, seek help immediately. Treatment first involves detox, which is your body ridding itself of the drug. Withdrawal can last a few days or a few months, depending on how long you’ve been taking Percocet. During this time, you will experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms.

Common Percocet withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Watery eyes and nose
  • Excess salivation
  • Temperature regulation issues
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Tremors
  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression

Because some of these side effects can cause physical distress on your body, don’t try to withdrawal cold turkey. Get the help of professionals who can help make you as comfortable as possible. These same professionals will also be a part of the second phase of treatment. During this time, you will examine the factors that led to your Percocet addiction. In addition, you will learn how to recognize and deal with any triggers that could tempt you to relapse.

Getting Help For Your Percocet Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with a Percocet addiction, we can help. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators about your symptoms and situation, and together, you can determine the type and place of treatment that fits best with your situation. Don’t allow Percocet to destroy your body and your life. Call us today and start on the road of recovery.