What are the Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Addiction?

Percocet is a combination prescription medication of acetaminophen, which is an antipyretic analgesic, and oxycodone, a highly addictive semisynthetic opioid analgesic with properties similar to codeine and methadone. Manufacturers’ warnings as stated by RXMed indicate the oxycodone in Percocet can produce psychic effects and physical dependence similar to that of morphine. It should be taken only as directed and under the supervision of a qualified healthcare provider. Percocet works directly on the central nervous system as a narcotic analgesic to relieve pain.

Physical and Psychological Signs


Percocet is an opiod-based drug that works within the brain’s pain control receptors. As your brain adapts to the presence of Percocet, it stops creating the normal chemicals that dull your pain and affect your happiness. The drug is prescribed for the treatment of mild to severe pain, such as pain from serious injuries, cancer or surgery. The dosage and duration of treatment directly affect your level of Percocet dependencein relation to the amount necessary for adequate pain control. As your body adapts, without the Percocet you will have withdrawal symptoms that indicate abuse or addiction. These include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Irritability
  • Intestinal distress, such as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeats
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Confusion
  • Poor concentration
  • Hallucinations

What Are Emotional Signs of an Addiction to Percocet?


Your initial encounter with Percocet may be one of pleasure and contentment as your pain levels decrease and the drug takes control. However, with continued use, your body adapts and requires more medication to reach or maintain the same level of control. Some emotional signs that point to the possibility of addiction include:

  • Feeling the need to use Percocet for reasons other than pain, such as stress
  • Trying to stop using the drug and repeatedly failing
  • Increasing the dosage or frequency without consulting your healthcare provider
  • Finding alternate ways to obtain more Percocet, such as seeing a different doctor or finding an online source

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Signs to Observe in Others


There are signs that you may see in a friend or loved one who has obtained a prescription for Percocet that cause you concern about addiction. Has your friend or family member started skipping school or work for no apparent reason? Do they complain of not feeling well? Do you notice an increase in their sleep requirements? Some people lose interest in personal appearance and show sudden behavioral changes. Do they always need money with no adequate or substantial reason? If you notice such changes, we can help you reach out to them and get the help needed.

As a Schedule II narcotic, addiction can occur in just a few days of continuous use. As soon as you recognize the signs of addiction in yourself or someone you love, call for help. Alternative treatments are available for pain control along with a medically monitored withdrawal period. We offer a wide range of services to provide treatment and support for you and your family. You’re not alone – we’re with you all the way to find the solution that works for you.