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Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Percocet is the brand name of a prescription drug that combines acetaminophen and oxycodone. It is commonly used as pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Getting off of this drug means you will go through a Percocet withdrawal treatment plan as part of detox before moving on to rehab and recovery phases.

Symptoms of Percocet Abuse

Because Percocet contains oxycodone, it may cause drowsiness and constipation. If enough of it is taken, Percocet can lead to breathing difficulties. Some problems commonly associated with Percocet abuse are the result of the acetaminophen in the pills. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage.

In some cases, there aren't any outward signs that a person is abusing Percocet. This is because Percocet is available in a pill form, which the abuser can simply ingest. Some Percocet abusers crush the pills and inject them. In that case, track marks on the arms would be noticeable. Some people may snort the drug, which may cause nasal irritation.

Withdrawing from Percocet: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Percocet withdrawal symptoms are best managed at an inpatient facility where the abuser can be closely monitored. During Percocet withdrawal treatment, the medical staff will slowly taper off the amount of Percocet the abuser takes daily. By weaning the patient off of the drug, the severity of Percocet withdrawal symptoms is minimized.

Because Percocet is closely related to morphine, many of the withdrawal symptoms mimic those of a morphine withdrawal. Some of the most common symptoms of a Percocet withdrawal, which are manageable, include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Muscle tremors
  • Achiness

There are some symptoms of Percocet that can't be treated medically; however, these symptoms are merely an inconvenience and aren't severe. These include:

  • Excess saliva production
  • Watery eyes
  • Yawning even when well rested
  • Alternating between chills and sweating

In most cases, the withdrawal period for Percocet is approximately two weeks; however, if the addict has been addicted for a lengthy period of time or has used an extremely high daily dose, this period may be longer.

Medical Options During Treatment

In some cases, the staff at the inpatient facility may decide that medications must be used to help the recovering addict during treatment. Naltrexone, Buprenorphine, Methadone and Naloxone are possibilities. Methadone and Buprenorphine are man-made opioids that can help to control cravings and help to manage withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone and Naloxone are both opioid receptor blockers that block the effects of the Percocet if the abuser decided to try to use the drug again.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Once the Percocet is out of the abuser's system, the addiction treatment phase begins. This is the phase where the recovering addict tries to discover the underlying reasons for the abuse. Oftentimes, this phase involves the help of mental health professionals. Peer groups may also be included in this phase.

The rehab portion of treatment for a Percocet addiction involves the recovering addict learning how to cope with situations in which he or she would normally use the Percocet. Family therapy is sometimes included in this phase, so that family members learn how to help the addict cope with difficult situations and successfully stay clean and sober.

When the recovering addict has all the tools necessary to live a clean and sober life, the recovery phase begins. During this phase, the recovering addict slowly starts to live a normal life. In most cases, the recovering addict has moved past the Percocet withdrawal phase and has a strong support system to help him or her successfully stay off of Percocet.

Percocet Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Percocet
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: Acetaminophen, oxycodone
  • Brand Name: Percocet
  • Brand Name Variations: Endocet
  • Cost/Price: Between $45 and $100
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treatment of moderate to severe pain.
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Treatment of severe pain.
  • Chemical Makeup: C18H21NO4
  • System: Opioid analgesic
  • Duration of Action: 6 to 8 hours
Form, Intake, and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablets
  • Administration Routes: Oral
  • Dosage: 5 mg/325 mg to 10 mg/325 mg per dose
  • Overdose: Greater than 30 mg
  • Alcohol Interaction: May cause adverse effects when taken with alcohol
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Adverse effects when taken with other Opioid analgesics and CNS depressants
  • Contraindications: Significant respiratory depression, bronchial asthma, paralytic ileus
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, respiratory depression, apnea
  • Long-Term: Acute liver damage, fatal overdose may occur
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Very high
  • Signs of Abuse: Lack of motivation, chronic fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, extreme anxiety
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 10 to 24 hours after last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Shakiness, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: High risk
  • Psychological Dependence: Possible
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II



Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Percocet Withdrawals Last?

The timeline for each patient is different, depending on the length of usage. Most patients experience symptoms 24 to 72 hours after their last dose, with maximum intensity at 5 to 7 days.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Percocet?

Oxy, O.C, Oxycet, Oxycottons, Oxy 80s, Hillbilly meth

What are Common Misspellings?

Perkoset withdrawl, Perkiset withdrawls, Percaset withdrawel, Percoset withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Attempting a home remedy is not advised due to their lack of success in providing relief during detoxification. Flushing the system out with water may help to ease withdrawal symptoms; however, it is best to forego any alternative method (including natural treatments) in favor of immediate professional help.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Percocet?

Percocet can remain in the system for up to 7 days. To research your options for different recovery programs, call 1-888-658-5242 or visit our locator page. The sooner you get help for you or your loved one, the sooner you can start the road to a safe recovery.

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