Dependence on Percocet

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.

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Does dependence on Percocet (oxycodone) mean that you are addicted to Percocet? And how do doctors answer the question: “Can I just stop taking Percocet?”  We’ll look at the difference between dependence on Percocet and addiction here. And give you the signs to look out for. Finally, we invite your questions about Percocet at the end. We answer all questions about Percocet with a personal and prompt reply.

What’s in Percocet?

People use Percocet to treat pain. Percocet is the brand name for a formula of oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid man-made synthetic drug which produces similar effects as morphine or codeine. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that helps to safely increase the effects of oxycodone. While you can overdose on acetaminophen, you cannot develop a depedence on it. You can, however, develop a physical dependence to oxyocodone. How?

Percocet dependence time: How long to be dependent on Percocet?

You can tell if you are dependent on Percocet when you stop taking Percocet. Basically, if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop Percocet, you’ve become physically dependent on oxycodone. But how long does it take for physical dependence on Percocet to start?

Dependency can develop as quickly as a couple of weeks or a month after taking Percocet every day. People who use Percocet to get high speed have a higher potential of developing dependency faster. Still, some people claim that it takes more than a month to creating a dependency on Percocet.

Percocet dependence vs. addiction

Being dependent on a drug doesn’t mean you are addicted to it. Even if you are using Percocet as directed you can still develop dependency. You can develop a dependence on Percocet if you are taking Percocet over an extended period of time. Being dependent on Percocet simply means that you can’t stop taking Percocet without the presence of withdrawal symptoms. However, the rate of dependency increases for those using Percocet outside the prescribed parameters. And some people who are dependent on Percocet can develop Percocet addiction over time.

If you are addicted to Percocet, psychological symptoms of cravings and compulsion to use accompany withdrawal. While many people never get addicted to Percocet, about 10% of those who take Percocet regularly will not be able to stop taking Percocet without having obsessive or compulsive thoughts about using Percocet again. If you suspect that you are becoming addicted to Percocet, speak with your doctor immediately.  Treating Percocet addiction includes both behavioral as well as pharmaceutical interventions.

Dependence on Percocet symptoms

Key symptoms of Percocet symptoms encompass the following:

1. Increased tolerance to Percocet (needing more to feel the effects). Increased tolerance may just mean that you need to take more Perceoct to feel the effect of the pain relief. However this may be a flag for you to be aware of for the potential of developing dependence.

2. Needing to take Percocet in order to compensate for withdrawal symptoms.

3. The presence of withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Percocet.

Physical dependence on Percocet

Dependence is the physical need to take Percocet in order for the body to function. Over time, your body begins to incorporate the main ingredient in Percocet (oxycodone) into the body system. Oxcodone then becomes part of the normal chemistry process of the brain. So, when you stop taking Percocet, you will experience Percocet withdrawal symptoms as your brain attempts to re-regulate the body chemistry. If you have withdrawal symptoms, this means that you’ve become physically dependent to Percocet.

Psychological dependence on Percocet

When you experience psychological dependence on Percocet, this could mean you have become addicted to the drug. Psychological signs of dependence may include the following:

  • Doctor shopping in order to get Percocet.
  • Crushing or snorting Percocet to feel the effects faster.
  • You cannot stop yourself from taking Percocet.
  • You have a compulsive need to take Percocet or take Percocet impulsively.

If you have a psychological dependence on Percocet simply tapering your medication may not work. This is when it may be helpful to seek help from someone who is trained to treat drug addiction. This person can help you not only detox from Percocet (oxycodone) but help give you the tools you need to to resist the psychological drive which compels you to take Percocet. Your doctor may recommend that you seek out help from a license psychologist, psychiatrist or other addiction specialist.

Percocet dependence withdrawal

If you are dependent on Percocet and stop taking Percocet suddenly, you will go through a period of withdrawal. This process is painful and at times dangerous. If you would like a more in depth understanding of the withdrawal process please refer to the following article otherwise, the symptoms you can expect to feel are:

  • anxiety
  • flu like symptoms
  • insomnia
  • muscle pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • runny nose
  • sweating
  • seizures

Percocet dependence questions

Do you still have questions about Percocet dependence and addiction? We invite you to leave us your questions about dependence on Percocet below. We welcome all questions and try to answer each one personally and promptly

Reference Sources: FDA: Oxycodone
Daily Med: Percocet
FDA: Percocet
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. They have 3 herniated discs some bulging discs and arthritis and my entire spine I also have peripheral neuropathy in my feet . I have been on Percocet for a year 20mg in the morning and 15mg at night it is now starting to make me feel sick when I take it and I don’t get as much pain relief. Should I be switching to a different opioid at this point? If I should, what would that be? Also are there any opioids that you don’t develop a tolerance to as easily? Also which of the opioids causes the least amount of respiratory depression.

  2. I had cervical cancer 6 months ago, chemo and radiation. It is now August and I have been on Percocet 6 months, it’s the lowest dose I think. Anyway, I don’t think I’m addicted, I think I am dependent on it. You see, I have fibromyalgia, and that means it will take much longer to recover because chemo and radiation make fibro pain much worse. I am wondering how long it will take for the chemo to leave my system. I have had fibro for 15 years and have never experienced the pain like this, My oncologist is only writing one more prescription for the Percocet because she wants me to see a rheumatologist about the fibro. I have made an appt. For that but never had to see one before. I never had to take Percocet for the pain before either. I am 67 years old and never took an opiod or any illegal drug in my life. Isn’t there any other pain med out there that works as good, but does not have the potential for addiction?

  3. I recently weened down from sniffing about 6 30 mgs of Percocet daily… also drink and use cocaine but not together… idk how much longer my body can take it… i ended up in a coma from cold turkey in 2013 when i had a 20 a day habit… so disappointed in myself that i got cocky after 3 years clean…but im down to halves now about 3 a day… it’s not comfortable but my goal is to get down to 1 then seek treatment… xanax does help big-time with the anxiety and insomnia

  4. I have been taking percoct for over 1 yr after my back fusion surgery my pain dr is weening me off them now but im feel the pain in my is not.going away its better than before surgery but if i dont take the percocet im just real achee and numbness in my feet is severe could my body just be reacting to less percocet i started with 8 aday 7.5 mg and now im down to 4 a day 5.25mg and about to get reduced again

  5. I was just prescribed 5mg/325 percocet. The instructions say take as needed. Some days I don’t have pain some days I do should I be taking a tablet every day. I am waiting for both knees and a hip replacement over the next year or so. That is the reason for the prescription because tramadal felt like it stopped working. I’m not sure when I should be taking the percocet.

  6. I have been taking Percocet 10/325 for at least 6 months for chronic pain on my spine, I ran out b4 my refill and am physically sick, I took 1 1/2 pills and am still sick. Its NOT MAKING ME FEEL BETTER. WHAT IS GOING ON!?

    1. Hi Marv. It seems to me that you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms of Percocet. These symptoms occur when you stop or reduce taking Percocet because you have build up a tolerance, and your body become dependent on the drug. I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, download our free e-book ‘How To Quit Opioid Painkillers’ to learn more about quitting process, here:

  7. I have been taking Percocet 325 almost every day now for six months. The very most I have ever taken in one day is two which is rare. I only feel the need for one at night as that is when the pain in my legs and back are the most intolerable. I do not take it for a high. I don’t even feel high when I take it. It simply relieves my pain so I can get to sleep. I am very fearful of addiction as I have witnessed it with a dear friend. I don’t have a physical need for only Percocet. Any pain killer would be fine just as long as it stopped my pain. Tylenol alone does not work and I cannot take any insaids per my dr. due to another health issue ,So what im asking you is do you think I could become addicted on just one or could I just be dependant on the one since I need this to alleviate my pain in order to sleep at night. I do not crave nor do I need it any other time of the day. There are some nights when im extremely exhausted that I don’t even take it. I will fall asleep on the sofa watching tv and then wake up in the middle of the night and go to bed without it. Im just very paranoid about addiction and do not want to find myself in a position one day that I don’t have control over. I want to reinterate that only one is enough to control my pain. When I was in the hospital recently they made them readily available to me every six hours and I turned them down so I know I can do without them except at night when my pain is most intolerable. I might mention it’s a combination of pain and restless leg like feeling that I experience only at night. I could probably accomplish the same thing with a sleeping pill but I don’t like the horrible hungover feeling they give me when I tried them . They are also addictive to my understanding. Thank you for your assistance with this.

  8. My husband hurt his back in 2015 and has been on Percocet since then. After some testing done, CT scans, MRIs and complete blood work, they said he has arthritis and have put him on 7.5-325 Percocet MG per tablet.
    However his conditions have worsened within the last year. He has started to develop on and off excruciating back pain and headaches, insomnia( at night and sleeps in very late during the day) , anxiety, diarrhea, nausea, sweating and just feels depressed.
    He sees a pain doctor though and they re trying to get him injections to treat his pain, however, based on the fact that he has been on the medicine for this long, I’m worried he may have developed dependence on it. I’m worried we are wasting our resources with the injections since they won’t address the underlying issue here. Additionally, my husband is on : adderal 60mg, lisinopril 20mg, metaxalone 800 mg.

    Whenever I bring dependence up, he gets very defensive and insists he needs it to not be in pain though it only gives him relief for like 1hour.

    A couple of days ago, I took him to the ER because his pain was so bad. His blood pressure was 163/78 and they gave him morphine for pain which also helped just through the night and he’s already in pain.

    – what kind of doctor should I get him to see to confirm that he has dependence on the percocet? I want to get a second opinion from his pain doctor.

    – what would be the best approach to help him get help without nagging or begging.

    Thank you!


  9. I have a loved one whom hurt his foot on the job a few years ago and is waiting on a settlement from a lawsuit from work mans comp. In the meantime he has had physical therapy with no help and is on percoset for pain. He also recently had nerves burned in his back or something due to back pain. In any event, my mother has been the only instrumental person in his life and just told me yesterday that she is going to stop taking him to his once a month doctors apt because she thinks he is addicted to percoset. I disagree. How can you go to a doctor once a month and be additcted to percoset.. My loved one does not drive, has no car and his only transpot to go anywhere is my mother. Doctors once a month and food. My nephew is not working and is waiting on this settlement, meanwhile living with another loved one whom is selling her house and not taking him with her. My mother thinks he is addicted?? Is going to the doctor once a month to get pain meds from your doctor addicted???????

  10. I take approx 2 (5 mg) pills per week at different times. (For example-I take one on Monday & one on a Thursday). Am I at risk for addiction to Percocet? I purposely only take when I am in severe pain for fear of getting addicted.

  11. I would like to know if I can be addicted to Percocet without abusing it cause when I stopped taking it abruptly I had withdrawal

  12. I just wanted check on my using Percocet. I was in a car accident more than a year and a half ago
    and had two bulging discs from it. I’ve been taking Percocet for 21 months because of the constant pain. I’ve undergone dozens of treatments and am a the point where nothing more can be done. I started on 5/325 pills and moved up to 10/325 and currently take a pill and a half. I made a decision to take it only once a day, usually in the evening when my pain it at its worse and then never two days in a row. It’s the only thing that really takes away the pain. I’ll take tylenol with aspirin in between the percocet. I don’t feel that I crave it. I’m just concerned
    about becoming addicted. Am I on a safe path with this?

  13. I had been taking percocet 10/325 for about 10yrs I had to go cold turkey off them for a weak and 4 days when I ran out well when they were filled again I stupidly took some they were filled on the 7th and today is the 17th over that time span I’ve taken about 6 I’m wondering if I try to stop again will I have to go through the terrible physical and mental withdrawal again?

  14. Due to cancer I have been on and off percocet for 2 years. I was stage 2, now stage 3 and the goal for my new treatment plan is a chemo infusion every 3rd week ti stall the cancer. This is a new process for me. So the doctors have decided that rather than staying on percocet, I should be off for 10 days, on for 10 days — pills a couple days pre-infusion, to 7 days after infusion. My opinion is that I am terminal. We can kid ourselves that it will stay controlled at stage 3 (and to be fair, I do know a couple of people who have been stage 3 for several years) but to be messing with percocet dosage at this point in my life is, to me, a bit crazy. Even when having weekly infusions I only took 5 5/325’s per day. In the past 6 months I worked back to 2 5/325’s a day. So Friday was my last dose. I decided to give their plan a try. It is now Monday night. I have no overriding desire for percocet, but if I had any I would take it. I think it is more mental than physical sitting here thinking why the hell am I wasting any of my life arguing about percocet. The doctors say it is because I should not need pain mgt. during those days and things like driving are safer without it in my system. I don’t even agree with that. So that’s the back story and here’s my main question. If I agree to this plan without fighting back, will my time off percocet AND off chemo be miserable because I do not have the percocet while my other 10 days are miserable due to the infusion? Or am I only feeling rough this time because it’s been such a long window of time without having percocet in my system. The docs say that I will not have any withdrawl feelings if only used for 10 days, then have an equal time as a break. What do you think of this brain trust and their opinions? Gracias.

  15. Aloha,

    I have been struggling with some nagging back pains for a few years or so… Been to 4 Doctors and numerous procedures with short term success. With insurance my bills are over 10k now. Now on my 5th Doctor (all specialists on differing back categories) and due to being allergic to ensads (sp?) I was prescribed oxycodone. I am strong willed but have read the nightmares on many sites so am very concerned on managing this carefully. I wish I didn’t need to take anything but my back issue is apparently something I have to live with…. My issue is arthritis of the spine after X-rays and a couple of MRI’s. First, I was hoping to get an opinion on the prognosis or is there other ideas to eliminate the pain without pills? Secondly, if this is truly a believable prognosis and solution, the would taking 1 pill a day as needed be an addictive behavior? My goal is to take a pill in the morning to stretch, light lifting, then cardio to loosen up. Really scared if the pill works that I may occasionally take 2 in a day then skip the pill and workout the next day…

    Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Mahalo and have a wonderful day!

  16. Hi,

    This might be a somewhat odd question, but I’m going to ask it anyway.

    I recently discovered that my girlfriend has been taking percocet for the past few months.

    I’m not exactly sure how much she’s taking, but it’s enough for me to have noticed a difference in her behavior. She’s also taking enough to experience withdrawal symptoms. She had what she described as a “mini panic attack” on tuesday morning.

    She doesn’t know that I know she’s taking percocet. I’m wondering what would be the best approach in broaching the subject with her.

    She does have a history of recreational drug use, but really hasn’t used anything in years. In fact, she barely drinks alcohol.

    Do you have any advice?



  17. Yesterday My Dr prescribed for me to take 5/325 of Percoscet for arthritis pain. 1 every 12 hours. Am I likely to become dependent or addicted to this dose. It has helped the pain considerably for today.

  18. I have lower back pain, shoulder into neck pain and a very achy body when the weather changes sometimes migranes due to letting the pain levels go on too long. I also have Parkinson’s for the last eleven years. The cramping and stiffness has become a part of my every day life. My right side is effected the most. when the hand shakes I feel the over worked muscles and the pain is severe. I take from two-four percecet a day. 24hour time span. My body has become used to taking them. My pain level is lower then some. I need these pills to get me moving at night and at day time. I want to know if it’s ok to take that amount or am I dependent on them? The doctor knows how many I am taking. H e would prefer me to be on two a day. But it’s too hard, the pain is too much.

  19. I had a TKR in November 2915…. I still take 1 percoset at bedtime..I don’t want to create a dependency. Will 1 per day do that?

  20. Hello
    In March 2014 I started having extreme pain in my back I had to have surgery in April. I was put on Percocet 10. 325
    I was on it for about 2 months and seemed to withdraw fairly easy. I was n taking 4-6 a day. In November 2015 I injured my back again in the same spot and had to have surgery again. I have been on Percocet 10 for 6 weeks and then the doctor reduced the dose to 7.5. About 3 weeks ago. I was attempting to detox myself over a two week period and I’m having bad withdrawal systems this time. I still have some. Can you help?

  21. Hi Kb. It is possible to become dependent on an opioid drug like Percocet (oxycodone), even with relatively low dosing. The one way that you can test the waters is to completely eliminate dosing for 2-5 days and observe/look for withdrawal symptoms. Before doing so, check in with your prescribing doctor or pharmacist to predict possible symptoms and come up with a plan for how to handle them. Then, you can move forward with Percocet dosing – or not – with more experience and information about how your body is reacting.

  22. Can you become dependent on percocet when only taking a quater of 5/325mg pill a day or every other day? I have been doing this for several months for pain. I have had gastric by pass and cannot take anti-inflammatories Tylenol arthritis does not work very well for my pain but the quater pill works great. I do not want to become dependent but it sure does make my pain beteer than any ting else

  23. I have been on Percocet for about 10 years due to back pain. While taking it I did well with my pain being managed. I love life and want to be a part of my grand children’s life. Well, my medical doctor just kicked me to the curb and told me she was no longer filling my prescriptions and I am horrified. I have been reading about the withdraws and that alone scares me to death. I am 58 year old female, full of arthritis and I fell down a long flight if stairs in 2007. I don’t remember the name of my problem in my lower back, but it’s bad.
    I just don’t know who to go to or what to do next. My doctor said they are coming down hard on MD’s for prescribing pain meds to people and she didn’t want her license taken away. So I’m seeking some help. I took my last percocet tonight (about 6 hours ago) and I am already feeling the pain in my back. When I take my percocet I took 10-325 mg every 4 hours and it kept the pain to a 3. It still hurt but nothing compared to what pain I had before I was on it. I did not abuse, I took as directed ( 6 pills a day). Now since I didn’t have my dose 2 hours ago, I can barley get out of the chair. I’m scared now and don’t know where to turn.
    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi, JuneBug. I suggest you to talk with your doctor, and explain your problems. If she still doesn’t want to prescribe your medication, then maybe it’s better to seek another doctor. Good luck!

  24. I take about 5mg of percocet a day. I need it to sleep right. I don’t get sick without it; I don’t think. I take a xanax for three or four days to sleep and stay off the percocets and then I go back to percocet. I am worried though.
    Sometimes I take 10mg of xanax and once in a while I will take 15 to 20 mgs pof percocet.
    Buy a doctor didn’t give them to me. I find them in abandoned houses that I have to inspect.Do I have a problem? PS i quit drinking alchohol completely –9 years ago. Am I in trouble???

  25. I have been taking percocet for 2 months for back pain. Only taking 2 5/325 a day.what is the best way to quit and avoid withdrawal symptoms

  26. I had a csection sept 15 and was given oxy ir 5mg. When discharged from the hospital I was prescribed 50 of them. I had such a bad recovery that I was on them for 3 weeks. Then once I stopped I started having dental pain and was prescribed Percocet 5mg. I was taking 2 a day. Then once I stopped taking them I became very ill from withdrawal. Extreme nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, sweats etc. I found that taking one ultracet for the first 3 days helped me get through it. Along with zofran for the nausea.
    I haven’t had to take anything for 5 days now. Thank God! I never want to go through that again.
    However I need to have 6 teeth pulled. And due to a huge fear of the dentist, I want them all out at one time. I had 9 pulled at once 2 years ago and the pain was excruciating for the first two days. Percocet is all that helped. My question is, how long should you wait after a physical dependence before taking this stuff again without withdrawal? I am so scared of withdrawing again!

    1. Hello Dar. Percocet affects each person differently depending on the dosage and time duration of using Percocet. I believe that there is no strict time to wait after a physical dependence before taking the drug again. Withdrawal might happen again depending on the dosage and how long have you been taking the drug.

  27. I had two car accidents and my pain is unbearable, my doctor gave me Percocet to relieve the pain.
    However, Percocet does not take away all my pain. I have been on Percocet pain pills since 2007 -It’s been 8 years already. I am 70 years old. How long can I keep taking Percocet to relieve all my pain? I have a shoulder operation and since then I have had more pain than before the operation.
    I need knee operations and back operations. What other pain medication can I take to
    relieve the excruciating pain in my body, if I stop taking Percocet?

    1. Hi Cassandra. I believe you should consult with a doctor or a pharmacist for any changes that you are planning to make about your pain medication.

  28. I’ve have been taking oxycodone for approximately 8 weeks for a broken humerus. Started out with 2 per day, but that was too much time between doses. Now I’m taking 3 per day, morning and evening dose with 1 Aleve. It only reduces my pain, but I still have break through. Now either my pain is increasing or I’m becoming physically dependent because at the 4-5 hour mark my pain increases and now I started taking 4 per day and still have pain. Other odd symptoms: overheated, lightheadedness and sleepiness. Can’t function normally or sleep without meds. Any suggestions, thanks.

  29. I had knee replacement 8 weeks ago. I took oxycodone during rehab then mostly at night because the pain would keep me awake. I didn’t take one last night and I was miserable. Anxious , legs and arms hurting and not being able to fall asleep. So I took a zanex that I take from time to time for anxiety. Does this mean I am addicted? What do I do ?

    1. Hi Terri. That’s just a sign of physical dependence. You will have to be slowly reducing your doses for a while, and then you’ll be safe to stop taking the medication completely. But, you shouldn’t be worried. Our organisms are just good at adapting, but it’s nothing serious or harmful.

  30. My question is if some that has not been on pain med, have with draws and is only been taking percocet 15 for about 3 week period of a two month time .Reason I ask is because I am not sure about these pain killers . My doctor put me on them in the last part of July . I took 2 a day for the first 2 weeks missing a couple of days during the 1st 2 weeks , but when I did take them I felt great but then I started get dizziness, so I took 1 a day for about 4 days but ddizziness didn’t stop so now I am taking them 1 daily but last week I didn’t have none for 3 days and since then even taking them daily I am sick as a dog not trowing up and no fever but dizziness weak hot sweats body acking Can I be having withdrawls even when taking meds

  31. Hi Judi. The one way surefire to know if you’ve become dependent on Percocet, or not, is to miss a dose and evaluate possible symptoms. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist first to get medical advice. However, each person experiences dependence at different rates, dosing, and time periods. Generally, dependence kicks in after regular, daily dosing of a couple of weeks, or more.

  32. Hello, I was just wondering. I been on Percocet for 1 month. I only take half a Percocet a day. Will I have withdrawals?

  33. Thank you for the invitation to comment. I am a 74 yr old gentleman. I have been on Percoset for 5+ yrs. I have chronic back pain which became worse after a flawed surgery in 2011. My initial dose was a 10Mg tablet. A yr after the surgery it was reduced to a 5 Mg tablet four times a daay and that is where I have stayed. I have pretty much controlled my pain satisfactorily to a pain level 3 by taking a tablet in AM and one in PM. The days I have physical work to perform like working on my vehicles etc I will increase the dose as need for up to 4 tablets. Recently my Pain managemet doctor took me off Percoset and started me on 12.5 Mg patch of Fentamynl. It was too strong for me as I was naseous and additionally did not help with any breakthrough pain. He then switched me to Methadone tablets. I discussed with him that by taking the slow release meds it was forcing me to take a larger daily dose than I felt was required. Example, I was on average taking 15 Mg of Percoset per day and now I was taking the equivalent of 20 Mg/day and was still expierincing break through pain when physically active. After 3 months the doctor relented and presribed 3-5Mg Percoset tablets per day. I have now found that this has become a problem for me. I am having a lot of difficulty with only taking 15 mg a day. I can feel withdrawals start after 5 or 6 hrs since last dose. If that remains I will not have enough meds to last the month. I have tried numerous ways to extend my time to 8 hrs between tablets with some success. The most effective has been to slowly increase the time between tablets by 30 mins every day but when I get to the 1 hr time interval extension it has become extremely uncomfortable and impossible so far. What I don’t understand is that I was doing fine before all these adjustments were made. My dependence was only 2-5 Mg tablets per day with adjustments as needed when active. I have never abused the drug in all those years of use. But, now being on the higher doses for 3+ months has increased my minimum level from 2 tablets to 4. My question is, How do I slowly return to my earlier dosing as I described. Given other health conditions such as heart and vascular problems I am concerned about stopping to rapidly. Sorry for the lengthy message but I am trying to keep it as clear for you as possible.

  34. Have been taking percocet 5/325 for 6 weeks for a broken ankle and subsequent surgery. Started at 2 every 4 hours cut back to 1 even 6 hours the every 8 hours with ibuprophin for breakthrough pain. I took one about 2 this morning and went to the doc, forgetting to take it with me. Pains not horrible, but took ibuprophin twice since. Now having shakes, mild nausea, stomach stuff mild headache. The problem is that the pain is worse at night. Thinking abt 1 every 12 hours since doc is already titrating me down. Does this make sense? I’ll see him on 24th.

  35. Am desperately seeking information that is to the point and in layman’s terms concerning extreme risks of chronic abuse of oxycontin along with methadone along with time-release muscle relaxers ingested by means of snorting and sometimes smoking. My person has suffered multiple injuries through the years and of course these things were prescribed; this lady’s family is terrified, at the end of their rope and attempting intervention while we still can. Any information or recommendations you can suggest will be much appreciated.

  36. yes i’ve been been on the pills for several years because of a injury my insurance change took me away from my pain management doctors now i’m taking more pills than ever now i’d like to be off but I fear my pains I need help i’m dependent on the pills

  37. Hi Paul. This is a question for a medical doctor. I’d suggest that you consult your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist for advice.

  38. I usually take 1/2 to 1 Percoset nightly to help me sleep in conjunction with 1/2 of Ambien ( 12.5 controlled release ). I always feel tired when going to bed but after dosing for 20 minutes or so I wake up and my body ache’s to the point of having no chance of falling asleep. It is at this point that I give in and take the 1/2 Ambien and 1/2 percoset which usually puts me to sleep. My question is the body aching craving that small amount of pain relief ( which I usually include 1 or 2 Tylenol ? Sometimes the body is aching an hour or so before I go to ben around 11 pm. Thankyou for your advice.

  39. I am a 75 year old male. I have been taking two Oxycodon-acetaminophen 7.5 mg daily for severe sciatic pain for approximately 3 weeks. Is it possible that I have already become addicted? Would taking a one half dose prevent addiction? I can try just Ibuprofen which dulls the pain somewhat.

    I would appreciate your suggestions.


    1. HIi Jack. I don’t believe you can get addicted to Percocet. Sure, physical dependence will form quite quickly, but it’s far from addiction. Now, physical dependence is when your organism becomes accustomed to the presence of a medication. It doesn’t take much time for your body to adjust to other substances and the dependence if formed fast-that’s why we get withdrawal symptoms when we suddenly stop taking a medication. If you are taking your meds for pain relief, you have a prescription and they work when you take them, it’s all good. And don’t worry, when time comes to stop taking the med, you will taper doses down and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medicines.

  40. I’m taking this with a muscle relaxer for sciatica and back pain. I take them during the first half of the day but not the second half because i can’t work on it. It’s been 3 weeks roughly almost every day. I feel very sad and weepy when i take it but feel I need it. It doesn’t help the pain very much. Does this mean I am becoming addicted?

  41. Hello Vance. The flu like symptoms usually subside within 7-10 days, day 3 being most severe. The insomnia (given the short period of time you’ve been taking Percocet) will most likely resolve within this time, as well. Have you consulted with a pharmacist or your physician about these withdrawal symptoms? It’s always advised that a medical profession supervise Rx pain pill withdrawal.

  42. I’ve taken Percocet for about a month after burning my hand severely.. I went through a lot of them.. After about two weeks i started taking them without even thinking about it.. The pain had already stopped but i kept taking them.. Its like i was in a bad mood if i didn’t.. Im not taking them anymore.. But i would like to know how long insomnia and these flu like symptoms can last.. I had to have taken at least 70 in a month.. Stopped taking them about a week ago.. I just want this feeling gone

  43. Know that dependence is a normal and expected outcome of Percocet use. While not ideal, physical dependence IS NOT the same as addiction. Do you have cravings for Percocet or do you get high when you use it? If not, you’re most likely in the clear for addiction…does this help?

  44. I usually take two 5/325 percocet a day. One in afternoon and the other in evening. Some days it may be just one. The percocet will take the Pain away to allow me to be funtional for household activities. I just am getting worried that i could be getting dependence for the meds.

  45. I do not feel mild headache or flulike symptoms throughout day if pass 4-6 hr of last dose. It usually will be in morning if i went 12 or more hrs. without a dose. So i really dont know if it is withdraw symptoms. I battle to try to manage the meds to avoid addiction.

  46. Hello Kay. Most withdrawal symptoms manifest in the 4-6 after your last dose, when you’re expecting another dose. If you pass through 72 hours after cessation and experience only mild discomfort, it’s possible that your body will not manifest further symptoms. How are you feeling now?

  47. How soon can you feel w/d symptoms after not taking a dose? I only take 1 or two 5/325 daily for 5 months for chronic sacrum pain.

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