Percocet is a powerful painkiller that can become highly addictive if taken for a prolonged period.
With the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation, attention has been brought to the dangers of addiction to painkillers. Not only can people who are addicted to prescription medication obtain it from their physicians, but many people get opioids from illicit sources as well.
Whether painkillers are obtained through prescription or bought on the street, they are still dangerous if not taken responsibly. Percocet is one of many painkillers that can present a significant risk for addiction.
Detoxing from Percocet is the first step toward recovery, but it can be very uncomfortable and challenging, especially when done alone and without medically-assisted detox. So, what happens during Percocet withdrawal and how can medical detox be used to reduce withdrawal discomfort?
What Is Percocet?
Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen and is a powerful painkiller. Patients who take Percocet to manage their pain may also experience bouts of high energy, which can be helpful when their pain is also high.
Percocet is meant to be taken on a short-term or as-needed basis because addiction can develop if it’s taken over a long period. It’s important for the underlying medical issue that’s causing the pain to be addressed and resolved rather than misusing Percocet. Failure to do so can increase the risk of Percocet addiction.
What Are the Common Withdrawal Symptoms of Percocet?
The body will start to crave Percocet the longer it is taken. This will inevitably result in a tolerance for the drug, which means higher doses of Percocet will be needed to achieve the same effects. If the body doesn’t get these increased doses, withdrawal symptoms will set in.
Symptoms of Percocet withdrawal during detox can include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Excessive perspiration
- Muscle spasms
- Lack of sleep
- Hot or cold spells
- Dilated pupils
- Excessive energy
- Mood swings
- Inability to focus
In a medically supervised environment, people with a Percocet use disorder can wean themselves off the drug safely and effectively.
How Can Medical Detox Help With Percocet Withdrawal?
Some people who decide to stop taking Percocet may either quit cold turkey or may try to wean themselves off the drug slowly. Either way, ceasing Percocet use without medical intervention can be extremely difficult. The withdrawal symptoms may be too much to bear, which can increase the likelihood of relapse.
Detoxing alone can even be dangerous. Detoxing from Percocet should be done in a medically assisted detox facility to avoid these negative symptoms. In these environments, patients are closely monitored and are administered specific medications that can alleviate the symptoms associated with detoxing.
These medications work by imitating the effect of Percocet on the brain, which can effectively reduce the level of discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.
In a medical detox center, physicians can assess each patient and establish a customized program to ensure each person is physically and mentally stable. Once the patients have successfully detoxed, the appropriate treatment protocols to address the Percocet use disorder can be provided.
If you have a substance use disorder that involves Percocet, speak with an intake coordinator at The Recovery Village Ridgefield to learn more about admissions and get the help you need to safely and effectively wean yourself off of the drug and begin sobriety.