The opioid painkiller Percocet can be abused in a number of ways. Researching online or reading any label on a Percocet prescription will flat out warn you against taking it in specific ways. We’ll look into what is considered abuse when using the medication, as well as possible adverse side effects.
Percocet is a narcotic, made from a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever known to increase oxycodone’s effects. Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, and happens to be one of the most abused drugs in the United States. In addition to treating moderate to severe pain, Percocet can produce a euphoric high, which can lead to its abuse, dependence, and addiction.
No matter whether Percocet is used with or without a prescription, it can be abused in the following ways:
Taking the medication in a method other than intended allows users to bypass controlled release parameters that were created in order to distribute the medication in a timely manner. This increases the chances of providing a euphoric high via a more concentrated dose.
Side effects from abusing Percocet are often unpredictable and dangerous. Users who inject or snort the drug risk contracting disease from sharing needles or straws. In general, abusing the drug can cause users to accidentally take too much, resulting in accidental overdose or even death. When Percocet is abused, some other side effects can include the following:
If you are suspicious of a loved one abusing Percocet, look out for the following signs:
Percocet addiction can cause major problems in both the personal and professional lives of an addict, so it’s important to take it seriously. When ready to take the step toward sobriety, reach out for help and advice by contacting Hired Power. Call today at 800-910-9299.
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