Percocet for the treatment of chronic pain.

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If your doctor has prescribed this medicine for you, you may wonder what Percocet is. Percocet is an opioid pain reliever used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.

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Although many people take Percocet safely, it is possible for them to become physically dependent on the drug and abuse and overdose may occur. Therefore, it is important to carefully follow the instructions of your healthcare provider.

What is a percoset?

Percocet is a brand of pain reliever that contains oxycodone and acetaminophen .

It is a controlled substance that can only be prescribed and can be prepared in varying degrees of concentration. Most forms of Percocet contain 2.5 to 10 milligrams (mg) of oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 to 650 mg of acetaminophen .

Percocet reduces pain through each of its main substances:

  • Oxycodone is a morphine-like substance that acts on the nervous system to alter the perception of pain in the brain.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is believed to inhibit certain pain-related chemicals in the body, although its precise pain control mechanisms are not fully understood.

Side effects

Possible side effects of Percocet include :

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion or fuzzy thinking
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Hot flashes or sweating

Percocet can cause serious side effects in some people, such as shortness of breath, severe lethargy, and pointed pupils. These may be signs of an overdose and require immediate medical attention .

Security advice

To avoid serious side effects, the use of Percocet should be closely monitored in patients with any of the following conditions :

  • Breathing problems (including asthma or COPD)
  • Circulatory problems
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Seizure disorders

Its use should also be closely monitored in special populations such as the elderly, pregnant or nursing mothers, and children. In most cases, the use of Percocet should be avoided in these populations unless the benefits of the drug outweigh the potential risks.

Physical addiction

It is possible to become physically dependent on Percocet, depending on how high the dose is and how long you have been taking it, and your health.

People who become physically dependent on Percocet may experience withdrawal symptoms if they drastically reduce their dose or stop taking the drug. If you have been prescribed Percocet, carefully follow your doctor's instructions.

Percocet withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Yawning
  • Anxiety
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Muscle pain
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Chills that alternate with hot flashes
  • Salivation
  • Anorexy
  • Violent sneezing
  • Tearing
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Late students
  • Perspiration
  • Piloerection
  • Nausea
  • Threw up
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Severe weakness and depression.

Talk to your doctor if you think you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from Percocet. He or she can help you taper off medicine to ease withdrawal symptoms.

Abuse and overdose

Percocet is an opioid pain reliever, one of the most commonly abused classes of prescription drugs. Abuse should not be confused with addiction. When Percocet is abused, drug use is compulsive and often non-medical in nature.

Percocet overdose can occur if it is taken more often than prescribed, or if the tablets are crushed or chewed, which can cause too much medicine to be released at one time. The likelihood of an overdose of Percocet also increases if it is combined with other sedatives such as sleeping pills or alcohol.

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