Percocet is a powerful pain medication which contains hydrochloride and acetaminophen. It is used for treating moderate to severe pain.


How Does Percocet Work?


Percocet contains two active ingredients: oxycodone, an opium-derived synthetic substance which affects brain activity; and acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain reliever. The former is a nervous system depressant which acts on µ and kappa opioid receptors in the spinal cord and the brain (and possibly tissue).

Percocet binds to opiate receptors in the central nervous system, numbing feelings of pain. A consequence of this is euphoria, which should manifest at a moderate, tolerable level–unless the Percocet is abused. Users who take Percocet correctly, in their prescribed dosage, will develop a dependence over time. Those who take Percocet to get high will almost certainly develop an addiction.


What Are the Side Effects?


Percocet stimulates the opioid receptors in the central nervous system. Those receptors activate several responses, including:

  • analgesia
  • euphoria
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • impaired coordination
  • itching
  • slowed heart rate
  • nausea/vomiting
  • respiratory depression
  • urinary retention


Is Percocet Safe?


Percocet is a short acting opioid. It should be taken as needed, but doses should be at least 3-4 hours apart. Onset begins 20-30 minutes after dosing, and after just 30-60 minutes, it hits peak blood plasma levels. One common way addicts abuse Percocet is by altering the route of administration—chewing, crushing, snorting, or injecting—to obtain a stronger, cheaper high. This greatly increases the risk of overdose.

When taken in excess amounts, opioids slow important bodily functions, such as breathing, to dangerously low, sometimes fatal, levels. Furthermore, taking more than four Percocet tablets per day can cause serious damage to the liver. It doesn’t mix well with other drugs, either. In particular, users should avoid any other central nervous system depressants (alcohol, benzodiazepines).

Only take Percocet orally, and be sure to use it exactly as prescribed. If you feel as though your prescription doesn’t suffice, consult with your physician to determine whether you need a dosage increase, a medication change, or some other treatment modification. You may have a Percocet prescription, but modifying your own treatment in any way is considered self-medicating.

Do not self-medicate.


Is There Treatment For Percocet?


Absolutely. If you’re suffering from addiction to prescription painkillers, you’re not alone–not even close. Millions of Americans struggle with addiction to drugs like Percocet. Those who seek professional help have the best odds of recovering. Your first step is to detox. Then comes treatment. Give us a call at Treatment Now to get both those tasks under way ASAP. 844-438-8689