Percocet is a short-term prescription pain relief medication used to treat mild to severe pain. It is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is classified as an opioid pain medication while acetaminophen serves as a nonnarcotic pain medication and anti-inflammatory. Opioids are highly addictive and approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.
Even patients who take Percocet as prescribed can experience withdrawal. If the drug is taken for less than two weeks, the chance of dependence is lower. However, if the drug is taken for two or more weeks, there is a high probability of dependence. Withdrawing from Percocet can be difficult and should be done under the supervision of a health care professional. The first few days of detox are the most challenging for patients to get through. With opioid addiction, your body is physically dependent on the drug, which is why professional detox and treatment is optimal. There is a better chance for success in a treatment facility than home detox.
First 72 Hours Of Withdrawal
Oxycodone is a short-acting opioid. It releases approximately 40% of its components immediately; as a result, patients tend to need the drug again sooner. This affects withdrawal by making symptoms come on more quickly. Withdrawal symptoms usually start approximately six to eight hours from the previous dose. It is important to work with a doctor on a plan for withdrawal also referred to as a taper. The plan will be based on your health status, medical history, and current needs. The taper is a gradual reduction in the amount of medication used. Your doctor will develop a taper schedule.
The withdrawal comes with many symptoms and may vary depending on the patient. Symptoms may include increased blood pressure and an irregular heart and/or respiratory rate, which are serious conditions that may require additional medical intervention. In addition, other symptoms may include drowsiness, hallucinations and extreme sweating. Symptoms generally peak between 48 to 72 hours. Other common symptoms of withdrawal during this period may include.
- Severe physical pain/muscle aches
- Sweating or fevers
Day 4 – 7 Of Withdrawal
The first week of detox is the most difficult, but the most important. During this phase of withdrawal, you may yearn for Percocet. In addition, you may have problems sleeping, have chills, and/or tremors. Some of the symptoms from the first 72-hours may also persist. Withdrawal is not only a physical challenge but an emotional one as well. It is not uncommon to experience some of the below symptoms.
- Suicidal thoughts
- Agitation and aggression
- Concentration problems
Week 2 And Beyond
Getting through the first week of detox is a major accomplishment. Please, now that withdrawal symptoms may last longer as this depends on the person, the dosage of Percocet that was used and the extent of the addiction. Now that you have gotten through a week of detox, it is time to enter the rehabilitation part of treatment.
During detox, the physical symptoms may have over-shadowed the emotional symptoms. As a result, some of the emotional symptoms previously listed may become more intense now. While physical symptoms are likely to be more tolerable, the emotional symptoms can last for weeks. This further highlights the importance of being treated by proper medical professionals in a treatment facility. Not only are your physical symptoms treated, but counseling and group therapy are available to deal with emotional factors. This system of support is critical for long-term success.