About Percocet Abuse

Percocet is a brand name for a prescription painkiller that combines oxycodone with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Oxycodone is made from thebaine and has been reported to have a stimulating effect. Those who abuse Percocet may take it orally, chew it, or crush and snort it. Common side effects of Percocet abuse include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Itchiness or rash
  • Slowed breathing

Treating Percocet Addiction

Although useful when taken as prescribed by a physician, Percocet is every bit as dangerous and addictive as heroin, morphine and other opiates. In as little as one week of use, individuals can become addicted to Percocet. Women, teens and the elderly are at increased risk of Percocet addiction.

Signs of Percocet addiction include tolerance (needing more of the drug to feel high), withdrawal (flu-like symptoms and pain when trying to quit Percocet) and intense drug cravings. Over time, Percocet addicts may begin to feel out of control in every area of their life, putting everything aside in order to get high.

In Percocet rehab, individuals will participate in:

  • Percocet detox (often using methadone or Suboxone)
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • 12-Step meetings
  • Education about Percocet addiction
  • Mental health treatment for co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety