According to data from 2011 compiled from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were nearly six million individuals in the United States who utilized prescription pain killers. That was increase of nearly three percent from 2010. These numbers make it clear that there is a prescription drug problem in America.
What Exactly Is Percocet?
It is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. It is considered an opiate narcotic and is commonly used to treat severe forms of pain. When it is used for extended periods of time, especially in high amounts, it can create a physical dependency.
Signs and Symptoms Associated with Percocet Misuse
Percocet is a drug that has the ability to directly impact the central nervous system. It can trick the brain into replacing feelings of contentment and euphoria for pain. With every single use, users want to maintain those feelings. As a result, dosages of Percocet may increase in order to do this. In some instances, this could result in an accidental overdose. Side effects of an overdose can include the following bluish skin and fingernails, slowed heartbeat, sweating, jaundice, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, lethargy, vomiting, respiratory arrest, coma and possibly death.
Side effects of misuse of Percocet include lightheadness, constipation, drowsiness, dry mouth, stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, itching, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, confusion, loss of consciousness, difficulty urinating, jaundice, itching, vision issues and seizures. When taken with other medications, it can be fatal. It is likely for senior citizens to be more vulnerable to side effects associated with the misuse of Percocet.
Percocet Medical Detox Program
There are withdrawal symptoms associated with Percocet. In fact, when you stop taking the drug abruptly, you can expect to notice them within six to eight hours after your last dose. For some individuals, with withdrawal symptoms can be very uncomfortable and painful. Many will start taking Percocet again just to alleviate the symptoms. These symptoms include severe stomach pain, anxiety, insomnia, fever, muscle pain, sweating, watery eyes, runny nose and flu-like symptoms.
Medical detox can be achieved through an inpatient program or an outpatient program depending on your needs and wants. An outpatient program will allow you to go about your daily routine and you will self-report your situation to a doctor at a regular doctor’s office or clinic. You will receive medication to help manage your symptoms. However, accidental overdose is possible at home, so it is important that you take these drugs as directed. Inpatient detox will take place at a medical facility under health care supervision. Here, at Shadow Mountain Recovery, we use IV therapy medical detox, which is where you will be hooked up to an IV so that we can manage your symptoms as they appear. This is the most effective at keeping you comfortable and as pain-free as possible as you move through the detox process. We will manage your medication and dosage as your symptoms change, which increases your chances of successfully completing the detoxification process.
After Percocet Detox
Once detox is complete, we recommend you stay with us and complete a behavioral program. This program helps you to realize that your drug problem is a disease. We can help teach you habits and behaviors that will build you a strong new foundation for a well-deserved, drug-free life.