Effects of Percocet Abuse

The effects of Percocet abuse have been known to dull emotional pain, including depression, anxiety and fear. Many patients will become dependent on Percocet for such effects rather than addressing psychological problems with a counselor or doctor. Taking Percocet may result in side effects that can include a loss of concentration, dizziness, the sweats, constipation, dry mouth, nausea or drowsiness. If a person becomes dependent on Percocet, individuals may also suffer problems in personal relationships, financial difficulties, legal problems, and challenges with employment.

The effects of Percocet abuse often times give the user, and especially an addict, a sense of loss of surroundings. They experience a very pleasant lucid dreamy type of high. Percocet is a prescription drug which is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (or Tylenol). Oxycodone is part of the drug class called narcotic analgesics. Oxycodone is commercially made, from thebaine, which is an opiate alkaloid. It also includes minor components of opium. In comparison to other opiates, Oxycodone has stimulating properties; this makes Oxycodone responsible for the speedy quality some users report.

Acetaminophen (the second part of Percocet) is a more commonly utilized drug, which is a less potent pain reliever. Using the combination of the two drugs increases the effectiveness of oxycodone. When the two drugs are mixed together, the result, Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain and is considered to be an opiate. Percocet is very addictive, which is why it is classified as a Schedule II drug. For this reason, a prescription from a physician is needed.

Effects of Percocet abuse are very similar to morphine, meaning it is a very strong narcotic pain reliever. This drug should never be altered, meaning it should not be broken, chewed or crushed. The reason for this being, Percocet is made in a time release tablet which is designed so that the oxycodone is released slowly over time. If too much of the drug is released at one time it can result in a very dangerous and possibly life threatening overdose.

This drug acts as a "block" to pain receptors in the brain, which results in a feeling of euphoria. It is this euphoria that addicts are searching for every time they ingest these tablets. They believe they can reproduce this euphoria by increasing the quantity and frequency of the tablets. Unfortunately, these initial Percocet effects are rarely recreated. However, the person will continue taking the drug despite the tolerance they have developed to the effects of Percocet abuse. Their tolerance to the effects of Percocet abuse is what is keeping them from experiencing the euphoric feeling that they crave. This pattern of behavior is known as drug addiction and it affects millions of people.

The effects of Percocet abuse results in the user being at the mercy of the drug. Having to plan your life around whether you have any pills or not is no way to live. Going through life in a major fog and having to take more and more pain pills just to feel "normal" is all too common for many people addicted to Percocet (you started out with 4 a day and now you're up to 10 or more). You may find yourself lying to your loved ones about money, or why you're so tired all the time, or why you don't "seem like yourself," and why you can't keep your eyes open.

What are common effects of Percocet abuse?

  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness, lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Emotional mood disorders (most frequently reported side effect)
  • Liver or renal damage if taken in large doses
  • Nausea
  • Rash or itchiness
  • Respiratory depression if taken in large doses and can be fatal
  • Slightly decreased testosterone levels in men

Due to the effects of Percocet abuse, abrupt disuse of this medication may result in withdrawal symptoms, with the individual experiencing high levels of pain and psychological suffering in the process. Withdrawal symptoms may appear in as few as six to eight hours after the most recent dose of Percocet.