Percocet Abuse Symptoms
is a fine line between abusing Percocet and actually having an addiction to
In either case, it is easy to
go too far with this powerful combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen.
The Drug Enforcement Agency has classified
this prescription pain killer as a Schedule II narcotic and is only intended
for short-term control of severe pain. Percocet abuse symptoms must include that facts that they are highly addictive.
It is very effective, but highly addictive and is a target for abuse.
Percocet get abused because people like to push the limits of anything.
It’s like sitting down at the kitchen table
with an ice cold glass of milk and a plate of freshly baked cookies. If one cookie is good, then two cookies must
be better. If one pill does the trick,
then two pills must do even better. It’s a part of the human condition. We can talk ourselves into most anything.
May not be addicted
The abuse of
Percocet does not mean the person is addicted, it just means that the drug is
being used improperly, or being used for something other than its intended
purpose. Doctors are rather careful
about prescribing this because the patient will either not follow directions,
or take a few and leave the rest in the medicine cabinet where someone else can
take it, or worse yet sell the remainder on the street. Percocet abuse symptoms include the fact that many buy them on the street. It almost become it’s own currency.
Tolerance is possible
even under a doctor’s care
When Percocet or
any other opioid medication is used improperly, the patient can develop a
tolerance to the drug, meaning it is going to take more and more of the drug to
achieve the desired effect. That is why
it is only intended for short-term use, but short-term is all it takes when
people don’t follow instructions.
Because the drug is highly addictive, Percocet users who
make the choice to ignore the prescription limits might wind up going to
another doctor for another script.
Thinking that they need the drug to function as the result
of developing a psychological or physiological dependence on Percocet, the user
will seek other sources. They ignore all of the negative Percocet abuse symptoms.
on in stages, they may not be addicted at this stage, but they are in trouble.
Sometimes the line between abuse and addiction is very thin.
May be hard to detect
It can be hard
to tell if someone is abusing Percocet, because the symptoms can be
subtle. It takes some observation and
maybe a little detective work to get the full picture. The opioid will work on the part of the brain
that controls pain messages. By blocking
the pain message, the patient gets relief and the numbing effect can also
produce a feeling of euphoria.
Some abusers will use the drug just for the high and not
necessarily to control pain.
The high is
similar to morphine or heroin, so it’s pretty intense. Perhaps the first clue is you notice that the
person takes the drug more often then prescribed. These are critical Percocet abuse symptoms.
Need a refill too
Another clue is
the person “needing” a prescription refill before the designated date. This will send up a red flag at pharmacies
and insurance companies will likewise decline the request. That’s why abusers will not use their insurance
necessarily to get more drugs and may look to the street.
Again, Percocet is intended for short-term use, so a person
may not get a refill on the prescription.
Doctors will want to reassess the patient. Even non-addictive prescription drugs that are
necessarily for the control of chronic disease like diabetes will not be administered
with a forever refill order. Doctors
want to keep on top of the situation and know what is happening to their
patient. In the case of a narcotic, the
controls are much tighter for good reason but getting around the controls is very easy.These are Percocet abuse symptoms that drug companies are supporting.
Drug becomes the
center of their life
As a person
slips from abuse towards addiction, there are accompanying changes in their
behavior and lifestyle. The drug of
abuse begins to become more and more important and the person always has to
make sure they have “enough” of the drug to get by. You might notice a more deliberate and inappropriate
focus on that. Percocet abusers will
also give you another clue that they are having trouble, which is going back
and forth from being high on the drug, to coming down off the drug.
The brain becomes the
The brain gets fooled into thinking that the drug needs to be
there for the person to feel “normal,” or good.
So, when the drug is not present in the brain there is a craving and
with withdrawal symptoms. This will
produce mood swings, sometimes sweating, insomnia, nausea, muscle and bone pain
and other physical signs. If Percocet is
not available, the abuser might go to the streets and look for an alternative
source. They may slip away just to “run an errand,” but they are drug
If no “percs” are available, they may turn to another opioid
analgesic to produce their desired effects. Also, Percocet, being a legitimate
prescription pharmaceutical, can be costly.
Abusers may choose to switch to heroin, because it is less expensive,
but they have no clue what they are getting, so the risk of overdose is serious.
Internet makes it WAY
Another risk for
abusers is the ease of going on the internet and buying from online
pharmacies. This is a huge mistake,
because fake drugs flood this market.
Many of these phonies come from China, where clandestine
manufacturing facilities turn out pills that look like the real thing and are
packaged like the real thing, but in fact are nothing at all. The junk pills might also be toxic and
potentially deadly.Another set of Percocet abuse symptoms people COMMONLY overlook.
Popular “street drug”
other oxycodone-based drugs have strong potential to be sold on the streets,
outside of what would be the legal and proper market that is through
prescription from a legitimate pharmacy.
Sometimes people with legitimate prescriptions will give away extra
pills, or sell them. Sometimes medications are stolen. Percocet and other opiates flood the illegal
market because people are irresponsible.
symptoms, subtle and obvious, are clues for family and friends to follow to
help those they are about. As an abuser
slips into addiction they will likely deny any inappropriate use of Percocet,
so it is important to stand firm, keep your eyes open and try to get that
person into treatment.