Percocet is the brand name for a drug containing oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen, prescribed to treat pain. Sometimes people use the drug for recreational reasons. Whether abused or used for pain relief, withdrawal occurs when you stop taking Percocet after a period of daily use for more than 3-4 weeks. Learn more about Percocet addiction, the effects of withdrawal and how to seek help if needed.
Percocet alters the opiate receptors in the brain which blocks pain. Mood is altered providing a pleasant sensation and euphoric feelings. The longer a person uses Percocet, the more the body develops a need for the drug. Over time, Percocet becomes part of the overall body’s functioning as part of the central nervous system adapts to the presence of the drug. When discontinued, the body has to adapt to the new state and works to regulate the system without the drug. Withdrawal is often uncomfortable for individuals who experience, albeit temporarily.
Symptoms of withdrawal vary person to person. Some state it is like having the flu but also manifests in mentally challenging symptoms which, along with physical symptoms, make it difficult to experience without support.
- Heart palpitations
- Flushed skin
- Increased heart rate
- Tingling and numbness of limbs
There are ways to treat withdrawal from Percocet to support a person not feeling the full effects and to ease any pain or discomfort. When pain is minimized, it can help an individual recover more quickly.
Some of the following are ways to treat withdrawal whether medically, naturally or by tapering the dose of Percocet slowly over time.
Medically assisted treatment: Extensive research on opiates/opioids demonstrates several medications can help shorten withdrawal, ease symptoms and help take care of drug craving and dependence. Popular medications include:
Natural Treatment: Natural remedies can help treat symptoms which arise. Massage therapy and acupuncture have shown promise with treatment of symptoms. Withdrawal from flu and cold medications can be retrieved from a pharmacy while ginger and peppermint teas can support treatment of nausea or gastrointestinal upset. Hot pads and hot or cold creams help address muscle aches.
Medical Detox: Detox is a process designed to help rid the body of Percocet. During a medically supervised detox, medical staff address symptoms which come up, sometimes with medication
Tapering: Percocet dose is tapered before eliminating it from the body entirely. Visit a prescribing doctor to devise a tapering plan to help work out a reduction in doses that work best.
Best Way to Withdraw
The best way to withdraw from Percocet is still a doctor approved tapering schedule. It is recommended an individual decrease doses over a period of several weeks at a rate of around 20-25% every week. An individual should not taper Percocet at a rate of 50% or more as it can trigger withdrawal symptoms. Cold turkey is not recommended as an option unless dependency is mild.
Percocet to other prescription drugs can cause addiction for individuals of all ages. If you or a loved one are suspected of having a dependency or addiction to prescription pain medication, treatment may be the best option. Call us to find out what options exist to help you quit prescription medication for good.