Percocet addiction and abuse typically result as it influences the release of dopamine and produces the feeling of happiness and euphoria. It is a highly addictive drug and even patients using it as followed by their doctors may end up developing an addiction to the drug.
What is Percocet?
Percocet is a narcotic that is prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain. It is made from a combination of oxycodone, a strong opioid, and acetaminophen a pain reliever, to intensify the effect of the oxycodone. During its years of use, Percocet has been typically prescribed for pain resulting from injuries and surgical procedures.
Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Abuse
Percocet abuse can result in several behavioral, physical and psychological symptoms. The appearance and severity of these symptoms may vary depending on the length of time and dosage that the person is using. These symptoms may also be more severe when Percocet is used in combination with other substances. These may include:
- Dry Mouth
- Heart Attack
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Respiratory Depression
Symptoms of Percocet Withdrawal
Beginning within a few hours after cessation of usage, the withdrawal effects of Percocet can be painful and consist of physical and psychological effects. These may include:
- Joint Pain
- Runny Nose