Percocet is narcotic pain reliever that brings together the powers of oxycodone and acetaminophen as the main constituents. Percocet is mainly used in the treatment of moderate to severe pains and its short term effects may last for only four to six hours and they include symptoms such as sleepiness, pain reduction and euphoria. The continued of Percocet is likely to result into addiction or dependency on the drug is just as bad as addiction.
The addicted individuals are likely to experience the following signs and symptoms. They are however not universal and not all the patients will experience them at the same time. They include shallow breathing, nausea, dizziness, low blood pressure, sedation, drowsiness, euphoria, nausea and vomiting. These are some of the side effects but there are adverse ones that need immediate consultation with the doctor if noticed. The adverse side effects include shock, liver damage, extremely low blood pressure and respiratory depression.
When used for a long period of time, more than addiction may be realized. Some of the long term effects of Percocet include but are not limited to-:
Tolerance to the drug
A decrease in testosterone in men
Since Percocet contains oxycodone which is essentially an opiate as one of its major components, addicts will experience near similar physical and mental effects just as those of oxycodone. These might include effects such as peripheral edema, sexual dysfunction, suppression of the immune system, osteoporosis and certain withdrawal symptoms in new bones to moms who were in oxycodone medication during the pregnancy.
The best way to overcome this addiction is to first realize and accept that you have a problem. Secondly, it is imperative that you find a good rehabilitation program that will help you overcome the withdrawal syndromes as well as the long term effects of the addiction.