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Percocet Withdrawal

Withdrawal Pays Off In The End

After a period of regular Percocet use, the body develops a certain level of Percocet tolerance. In fact, you can become dependent on Percocet after using it daily for a few weeks, or more. In these cases, the body needs Percocet to function normally…and when doses are lowered or stopped completely, the body goes into withdrawal.

So, what can you expect when you choose to cut down on Percocet? What is Percocet withdrawal like? What are the symptoms? What can you do to make the process less uncomfortable?

We review these questions and answer them here. Then, we invite you to share your experience in the comments section at the end. We also invite people to ask any additional questions at the end. We try to respond to all our readers personally and promptly.
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Percocet is a strong opioid drug; its main active ingredient is oxycodone. Oxycodone is known to trigger physical dependence after a few weeks of regular use. Why does this happen? The human body must develop Percocet dependence to adapt to the presence of the opioid. Otherwise, you would not be able to function.

As the body get used to the presence of Percocet, it creates a new baseline homeostasis. Basically, it creates a new chemical balance in the brain to accommodate Percocet use. Once physically dependent, the human system cannot function normally without Percocet. Because of this, when you lower the dose or stop taking Percocet, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.

When Does Percocet Withdrawal Start?

Percocet withdrawal symptoms start a few hours after the effects of oxycodone begin to wear off, usually 4-6 hours after last dose. Acute symptoms reach their peak about 72 hours after the last dose. Still, everyone reacts differently to the drug. This is why Percocet withdrawal varies in severity, intensity, and total duration. At its longest, Percocet withdrawal can take 7-10 days, but some specific symptoms can also last for several weeks or months after you initially quit.

Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

Percocet withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable. However, not all Percocet users will experience all possible symptoms. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms of Percocet include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • irritation
  • irregular heart rate
  • flushed skin
  • heart palpitations
  • sleep disturbances
  • restlessness
  • tingling and numbness of the limbs
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Percocet Withdrawal Timing

Percocet withdrawal usually lasts for 7-10 days after you quit. However, the duration of any case of withdrawal depends on several factors, including an individual’s:

  • health
  • level of tolerance to oxycodone
  • normal dosage
  • mode of administration
  • level of drug dependence
  • history of drug use
  • age, gender, and weight

Moreover, Percocet withdrawal timing can be affected by the type of detox you choose. For instance, cold turkey detox manifests more intense symptoms that usually resolve in a shorter period of time, in comparison to a tapered detox. Some experts recommend a tapered detox to ease the severity of Percocet withdrawal. Usually, tapering off Percocet can last from 3-6 weeks.

NOTE HERE: You should always seek help from a professional detox clinic during Percocet withdrawal, one that offers medical supervision provided by trained medical staff. To

Percocet Withdrawal Medications

There are a variety of different medications that doctors prescribe to help people cope with Percocet withdrawal. Among the most frequently used drugs that address discomfort are:

  1. Buprenorphine effective for shortening the time frame of Percocet detox.
  2. Clonidine effective in reducing anxiety, agitation, vomiting/diarrhea.
  3. Methadone is used as replacement therapy for those who are suffering addiction and need help in treating drug craving.
  4. Tramadol used for underlying pain and regulates mood.

4 Ways to Support Successful Withdrawal

Every withdrawal experience is challenging.

A good starting point is to ask for help from trained addiction specialists such as: psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, or psychologists…or from a Percocet addiction treatment program directly. The following elements are essential for a successful detox from Percocet.

#1: A support network.

Openly share your experience with supportive friends and family. They can help you endure the withdrawal period and provide emotional support. Also, you can turn to a spiritual, religious, or community leader for emotional guidance during Percocet withdrawal.

#2: Herbal teas and/or nutritional supplements

There are numerous minerals, vitamins, and herbal teas which can address Percocet withdrawal symptoms. Taking nutritional supplements is helpful for maintain body weight and health. But, before consuming anything, always ask for your physician’s advice.

#3: Mind and body therapies

Trying out therapies such as gentle exercises, meditations, or controlled breathing are helpful during withdrawal. In addition, body therapies like massages and hot baths are good for managing pain. Anything that will help you relax is very beneficial during withdrawal.

#4: Motivation and persistence

Physical and psychological symptoms during Percocet withdrawal can be exceptionally hard. But when people know this from the beginning and still decide to go through the experience this shows that they are levels of motivation are high and that they are prepared to go through hard times in order to become drug-free again.

Percocet Withdrawal Questions

Percocet withdrawal can be very uncomfortable, so gathering information and learning about the drug is a great starting point. Knowing what to expect prepares you for the withdrawal process.

Do you still have concerns about Percocet withdrawal symptoms? We’re always here to help with a sincere and professional answer, or we’ll refer you to someone who can help. For further feedback, comments, or questions, we invite you to post us a message in section at the end. We try to respond personally and promptly to all legitimate inquiries.

Reference Sources: NIH: Drug of abuse- opiates
Teen Drug Abuse: The word of the day: Withdrawal
White House: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
SAMHSA: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

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187 How long does Percocet withdrawal last?

How long does Percocet withdrawal last?

December 19th, 2012

How long Percocet withdrawal lasts depends on frequency and amount of use. But an average case of Percocet withdrawal lasts from 5-10 days. More here on what to expect during Percocet withdrawal here.

57 Dependence on Percocet

Dependence on Percocet

October 30th, 2012

Dependence on Percocet can develop within 2-4 weeks of taking Percocet (ocycodone + acetaminophen). More here on how to know if you are physically dependent on Percocet, or not. Plus, a section at the end for your questions about Percocet use.

124 How to stop taking Percocet

How to stop taking Percocet

August 5th, 2012

When ready to stop taking Percocet, gradually reduce your dose over several weeks or months. More guidelines to stopping Percocet here.

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