What are Percocet withdrawal symptoms?
Considering withdrawal from Percocet?
While withdrawal from Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) can be a trying and painful experience, it is rarely life threatening. In fact, Percocet withdrawal syndrome is an important phase to pass through so that your body can heal and return to normal after a period of physical dependence on Percocet. Here, we discuss which Percocet withdrawal symptoms to expect during detox, as well as how long Percocet withdrawal lasts. Then if you still have questions about Percocet withdrawal, we invite you to ask them at the bottom.
Why do Percocet withdrawal symptoms occur?
Percocet is similar to other oxycodone-based medications, in that, Percocet has a high potential for dependency and tolerance. When you use Percocet daily for more than a few weeks at a time, you can develop a physical dependence to Percocet. That is, your brain begins to need the medication in order for the body to function properly. Therefore, when you stop taking Percocet, your brain needs time to adjust. It is during this period of re-wiring the chemical balance in your brain that you experience withdrawal symptoms. So, Percocet withdrawal happens because once you no longer use Percocet your central nervous systems returns to the way it behaved before it was dependent on Percocet…and your body eventually catches up.
What are symptoms of Percocet withdrawal?
Percocet is an opioid (man-made opiate) and you can expect to feel flu like symptoms during the withdrawal process. Other symptoms you can anticipate include the following:
- back aches
- drug seeking behavior
- joint pain
- rhinorrhea (runny nose)
Because Percocet can cause psychological dependency and addictions, drug craving is another common symptoms people face when they decide to detox from Percocet. IF you experience drug craving, be sure to report this to your supervising medical professional. Additionally, acetaminophen mixed into Percocet may heighten the severity of withdrawal symptoms and contributes to other possible symptoms such as: increased sweating, vomiting, tiredness, and loss of appetite.
Percocet withdrawal symptoms: How long?
Each person will react differently to withdrawal from Percocet. The severity and length of time you undergo Percocet withdrawal depends largely on the duration of time you have been taking the medication and at what doses. Overall, the more Percocet you use for longer periods of time will parallel how long it will take to withdraw from Percocet.
For the most part you will feel the onset of withdrawal symptoms 6-8 hours after your last dose of Percocet. Withdrawal symptoms generally even out 6-10 days later. Many detox clinicians recommend that you taper your dose of Percocet as you go, as tapering can lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. While a tapered Percocet withdrawal lengthens the overall detoxification period, symptoms should be less severe.
Percocet withdrawal symptoms treatment
There are several viable treatment options which can help support withdrawal symptoms. Because of the high dependency rate triggered by oxycodone, prescribing doctors actually anticipate Percocet withdrawal after continual use. Therefore, some guidelines or protocol have been established to help facilitate Percocet detox.
The three main ways of treating Percocet withdrawal symptoms are:
2. Doctor prescribed medications
3. Detox clinic supervision
1. Tapering to reduce Percocet withdrawal symptoms
Tapering gives the brain time to rebound from the presence of oxycodone slowly. An effective method of Percocet withdrawal symptoms treatment, tapering Percocet dosage prevents sudden cold turkey withdrawal and its accompanying symptoms. Tapering helps to compensate for onset of several symptoms. Only a medical doctor can evaluate your individual case and help you to slowly reduce your intake of Percocet over the course of several weeks. This way, only minute amounts of Percocet are in the body when you stop taking it completely.
2. Medications to address Percocet withdrawal symptoms
There are several over the counter medication that can help ease Percocet withdrawal symptoms. Anti-diarrhea medications, sleep aids, and NSAID (non steroid anti inflammatory drugs) pain medications can all be used during Percocet withdrawal. However, it is important to be careful of how any drugs might interact in the body. Sometimes doctors might prescribe medications such as buprenorphine, clonidine and/or naltrexone during Percocet withdrawal.
3. Detox clinics for Percocet withdrawal symptoms
If you think you may be addicted to Percocet, doctors recommend you seek a certified medical clinic to help the detox process. Support helps to increase the likelihood of continued success of living free of opioid addiction. Percocet detox clinics also take into consideration the psycho-social aspects of withdrawal which can be beneficial to mental health.
Percocet withdrawal symptoms questions
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Reference Sources: Daily Med: Percocet Tablet
FDA: Questions and Answers about Oral Prescription Acetaminophen
Drug Enforcement Administration: Oxycodone
Pub Med Health: Acetaminophen
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