Percocet use for pain relief is considered a narcotic with a prescription needed to administer the drug. People who get high on Percocet use it without medical purpose and the euphoric feelings can cause lots of problems. Oxycodone, the active ingredient in Percocet, can be highly addictive when not used according to the prescription. Find out how the drug is prescribed and the addictive properties of Percocet.
Moderate to severe pain can be controlled by a prescription to Percocet. The main ingredient, oxycodone, modifies the way the body and brain perceive pain. Percocet can cause feelings of euphoria due to its effects on the brain. The only legal way to use the drug is for medicinal purposes with a prescription.
The dosage of Percocet is based on previous exposure to narcotics such as opiates or opioid medication. Percocet may be prescribed in doses of 2.5 mg to 10 mg. The dosage will be one or two tablets every 6 hours. It is not recommended to exceed the daily dosage as it is easy to overdose on Percocet due to the levels of oxycodone and acetaminophen in the tablets.
The cost of Percocet will depend on insurance. Percocet will cost as much as $6 per pill and quickly adds up if the person needs the drug for chronic pain management. Generic forms of the medication are usually less expensive, between $10-$20 a bottle, even without prescription. The drug is offered by prescription only and is not available over-the-counter. Oxycodone, found in Percocet, is so addictive it is only prescribed to people experiencing pain which cannot be helped by over-the-counter medications.
Signs of Abuse
Percocet use to manage pain can lead to tolerance developing and dependence on the medication. People who take Percocet to get high can easily become addicted to Percocet. Addiction occurs when the person loses control of the drug and a compulsion to use begins. Some signs of abuse include:
- Taking more mg of Percocet than prescribed
- Taking more mg of Percocet more often than prescribed
- Taking Percocet in ways other than prescribed h(cew, crush, snort, inject)
A person who has become increasingly isolated, irritable, secretive and seems to be acting different than normal may be exhibiting some signs of early drug abuse. The key is to make note of the behavioral changes, mood swings and other issues which arise to track it and see the progress over time. If the individual is getting worse, not better, it may be time to intervene and offer some help to seek treatment. Treatment can be very successful for individuals who recognize a problem exists and are ready and willing to accept help.
The Villa is a safe place to contact if you believe an individual is abusing Percocet. We are available to support you or your loved one on the journey to recovery.