Percocet, when taken responsibly, can be great for pain relief. However, when abused, it’s a nasty bedfellow. A Schedule II drug, Percocet contains oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen. Because it is so strong, physical dependence can happen quickly which makes Percocet also extremely addictive.
The higher you climb, the further you can fall. Once a physical dependence to the drug has developed, stopping use suddenly will trigger withdrawal symptoms from mild to severe. This could happen within a few hours of your last dose, if you are highly dependent on Percocet, or it could take several hours if you aren’t.
On average, it takes 7-10 days to purge your system of Percocet.
If you’ve been using it strictly to get high, chances are you need to be in a monitored detox program at a medical facility. You don’t want to go cold turkey and dive into hard withdrawal if you can help it.
Like most opioid addictions, the first few days of detox will be the hardest to endure as you suffer flu-like symptoms. Trouble sleeping, mild aches and pains, anxiety, and even bouts of depression are normal during this time as your body continues to cleanse itself. *Note, the pain and discomfort of whatever ailment you initially began taking the Percocet for could resurface once you’re no longer ingesting the drug. Speak with your doctor about the best way to approach treatment without prescription painkillers.
Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms
If your withdrawal symptoms are severe your medical doctor can prescribe certain medications to help ease the discomfort such as buprenorphine, methadone, or LAAM (all FDA approved to help treat opioid addictions). For less intense situations, you can treat symptoms at home much as you would flu symptoms: heating pad, ibuprofen, antidiarrheal medicine, increasing fluids.
Even if you’re going with self-treatment, you should still begin by meeting with your doctor to establish a plan and so your Percocet dosages can be reduced gradually (a decrease of 20-25% each week, but no more than a 50% decrease at a time). Don’t discount therapy, either. Support groups are available, both online and locally.
If you or a loved one are struggling with Percocet addiction, and you aren’t sure how to proceed, the knowledgeable staff at Treatment Now are here to help. We can answer your questions and point you in the right direction to make the process as painless as possible.
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