How to stop taking Percocet
Interested in quitting Percocet?
While the time Percocet stays in the body is relatively short (detectable for a couple of days after last use in urine), Percocet withdrawal can last for days to weeks. For long time users of Percocet, be prepared to stop taking Percocet over time. In fact, you shouldn’t just quit Percocet cold turkey (unless you must) because of how Percocet affects the brain. Learn more about Percocet dependence, addiction, and how to stop taking Percocet below. Then, ask us your questions about taking Percocet at the end.
Can I just stop taking Percocet?
Yes, you can just stop taking Percocet…but ONLY IF you’ve taken Percocet for short-term management of an illness or injury, In fact, you can usually just stop taking Percocet at any time for acute ailments when the drug is no longer needed as long as you haven’t developed physical dependence on Percocet. But if you’ve taken Percocet for chronic pain management, it may be harder to quit. Percocet use usually results in a dependence, and can even become an addiction in some people.
What happens when you stop taking Percocet?
After having Percocet in your body for extended periods of time, your body adjusts to the presence of oxycodone in the system. You become used to having Percocet, and it becomes “normal” to be in a state of central nervous system depression. However, once you become dependent on Percocet, your body will experience withdrawal effects when you try to stop taking Percocet – and this is the same for both addicts and a physically dependent users. How do you get addicted to Percocet? Taking it once it’s out of your system to avoid the psychological and emotional issues in your life.
Side effects stop taking Percocet
You can develop a dependence on Percocet by taking the medication for 3 weeks or longer. Withdrawal effects can include a number of side effects, such as:
- abdominal cramping
Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken Percocet over long periods – for instance, over several years to help treat chronic pain.
Stop taking Percocet suddenly
You can stop taking Percocet suddenly if you’ve been taking it short-term, but any longer than a couple of weeks of regular treatment using Percocet and stopping Percocet suddenly might be a bad idea. Instead, Percocet should usually be gradually reduced in dosage or frequency for regular users, rather than quit all at once. In people who take Percocet regularly for more than three weeks, or so, sudden disuse can be dangerous and very uncomfortable.
Stop taking Percocet cold turkey
Some people would rather try to quit Percocet cold turkey than to gradually taper Percocet doses. If you’ve had a bad reaction to the medication, it makes sense to quit taking Percocet as soon as possible despite the consequences. However, this isn’t the only step you can take. If you want to stop taking Percocet cold turkey, talk to a counselor or therapist for suggestions and medical advise.
How do I stop taking Percocet?
Gradually reducing your dose over several weeks or even months is the best way to stop taking Percocet. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosing schedule so that you can safely taper yourself off of Percocet. But in general, a 2 to 3 week tapering regimen should follow these guidelines:
- Avoid reducing the daily dose of Percocet by > 50% at any given interval
- Reduce each daily dose of Percocet by 10%
- Reduce the dose of Percocet by 20% every 3-5 days
- Reduce the dose of Percocet by 25% per week
How to stop taking Percocet safely
The safest way to stop taking Percocet is by consulting a doctor and following his or her instructions.
How to stop taking Percocet questions
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