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Detox from Percocet

Whether you are taking Percocet as prescribed or want to treat Percocet addiction, you probably have questions about detox.  Is is safe to detox from Percocet at home? What is withdrawal from Percocet like?  What can you expect during a clinical detox and how long does detox from Percocet last? We review here and invite your questions about detoxing from Percocet at the end.

Percocet (oxycodone) detox treatment

“Detox” is a medical treatment designed to rid the body of poisonous and harmful substances. Percocet detox clinic provide clinical help to rid the body of oxycodone, and doctors recommend that all cases of Percocet detox be medically supervised. People who have been abusing or are addicted to Percocet and need to get it out of their system are the best candidates for medical detox in a clinic. But should everyone go to a clinic during Percocet detox?

Not necessarily.

Many modalities can treat physical Percocet dependency. In fact, there are several ways that you can detox from Percocet and help your body to get rid of oxycodone. Futher, you can manage Percocet withdrawal symptoms which occur during Percocet detoxification with over-the-counter products. However, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DETOX FROM PERCOCET UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION. Seek advice from and inform your prescribing doctor about your plans for Percocet detox. S/He may also be able to prescribe you prescriptions for medications such as clonidine or buprenorphine to help manage Percocet detox symptoms.

Detoxing from Percocet time

How long does detoxing from Percocet take? Detoxing from Percocet can take anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks, depending on the detox method you use. For example, ultra-rapid opiate detox can speed up initial Percocet withdrawal. Rapid Percocet detox is a process of detox where you are put under anesthesia, monitored by clinicians, and given medications to cleanse opiate receptors in the brain. This usually occurs in a very short period of two hours. while you are closely monitored over 24 to 48 hours to make sure there are no complications. Home detox can take significantly longer, and most people plan to treat Percocet detox symptoms for a week or two to fully detox from Percocet and the main symptoms of withdrawal.

Detox from Percocet symptoms

When you detox from Percocet, you will go through withdrawal from oxycodone. The body needs time to adjust to the abscence of Percocet in the central nervous system. It has gotten used to oxycodone and adapated according, integrating oxycodone into the normal functioning of the body. As your body is being purged of Percocet, your body will experience pain and discomfort. Symptoms of Percocet detox you can expect include:

  • anxiety
  • chills
  • depression
  • heart palpitations
  • flushed skin
  • increased heart rate
  • insomnia
  • irritation
  • restlessness
  • tingling and numbness of the limbs
  • sweats

Detox from Percocet at home

Can you detox from Percocet at home or do you need to be monitored? Many people may choose to detox from Percocet at home rather than seek help at a clinic. But it is important to let someone know of your plans to detox just in case there are any complications. While you can detox from home, people diagnosed with Percocet addiction are more likely to relapse into use if they try it on their own. For people addicted to Percocet, needs to be effective next steps in treatment are necessary as detox only address physical dependency on Percocet.

For those who do not exhibit signs of psychological dependence on Percocet, you can work on an outpatient basis with a physician who monitors you while you detox in the comfort of your home. The same process of clinical Percocet detox performed in detox clinics can be done under your specific conditions. You can also support your body and withdrawal symptoms with medications and remedies lying around the house such as NSAIDs, hot water bottles, baths, and massage. A word of caution here: make sure you know what you are getting into and that you have everything you need to get you through detox. Be prepared by learning as much as possible about stages of Percocet detox and suggestions for coping.

Percocet detox clinics

A detox clinic is considered an inpatient medical treatment. During Percocet detox, you are in a facility being monitored through the first 48 hours of detox. During this time, clinic staff monitor you and administer medication to help manage Percocet withdrawal symptoms. For example, medications like naloxone and buprenorphine may be administered to block opiates and helps the body detox faster. Detox clinicians treat Percocet using the following process:

1. Evaluation: Staff of a detox clinic will test and measure the concentration of Percocet in the body. They will screen for medical and mental conditions that may affect detox. They will also set up a plan with you to address treatment during and after detox.

2. Stabilization: During the process of detox, clinicians will assist in acute detoxification and stabilize the body. That is, the goal is to get the body into a chemically normal or balanced state and make sure the opiate receptors in the central nervous system are clear of oxycodone. This ensures that your body operatesin a more normal and healthy state.

3. Follow through: In order to maintain a successful of detox, it is important to line up additional needed treatment(s). Too many times people addicted to Percocet will end up back in detox because they have not addressed underlying psycho-emotional issues which compel use. It is important to seek other therapies to treat symptoms of addiction that are not of a physical nature. Drug rehab facilities, psychotherapy, or support groups arehelpful to avoid relapse. Depending on the severity of abuse and dependency, you may qualify for opiate substitution therapy. During this treatment, you may then be put on methadone for a period of 6 months or more. After time, you them taper off methadone to live a drug-free life.

Detox Percocet questions

Do you still have questions about Percocet detox? Want to know more about Percocet detox and what to expect? Have experience with detoxing from Percocet? If so, please ask any questions or share any experience you may have with detox. We would love to hear from you. And we will answer questions you may have personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: SAMHSA: Detoxification and substance abuse treatment
NCBI: Comparison of methadone and buprenorphine for opiate detoxification

NCBI: Withdrawal Strategies for Outpatients

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18 Responses to “Detox from Percocet
8:11 am March 25th, 2013

how long does Oxycodone stay in your blood or urine when taking a quest diagnostic test?

2:05 pm March 25th, 2013

Hi John. Oxycodone appears on the “Extended opiates/opioid” test in urine for about 48 hours after last use…but up to about 4 days if you’re a heavy user. Blood tests usually don’t register oxycodone much past 24-48 hours after use.

2:27 am September 13th, 2014

Just a simple question ,what about the Pain?

6:19 am September 13th, 2014

Hello Richard. When you stop using Percocet, the perception of pain can return. However, the process is different for everyone. Pain is a subjective experience. And when you do stop using opioids, you’ll need to find another method of managing pain. You’ll need to consult with a pain management doctor for suggestions and to create a tapering plan that will meet your individual needs.

Joyce P
11:47 pm February 4th, 2015

I have studied up on detoxing at home but I DID TELL my doctor. I was told that if I start from my regular dose and then cut the dose in half for a few days or so and then cut that dose in half and so on. I’ve heard from others with the same addiction that it worked great for them. Let me make myself clear tho, I have fibromyalgia and I deal with pain everyday and my doctor finally gave me the Pacific medcine for that along with coldine (spelled wrong sorry).I was only on percocet for aprox 6 months but took it every day twice a day so my body got dependent on it. I’ve never had to go through something like this. My question is breaking the Percocet down? Would that help weaning off the meds? Thank you, sincerely Joyce

2:50 pm February 12th, 2015

Hi Joyce. Physically cutting Percs are less exact than going to a pharmacist and getting a reduced dosage; can you ask for a new script from your prescribing doctor with a lower oxycodone dose?

5:42 pm November 4th, 2015

I need a quick detox after a prostrate surgery and and have continued my use buying it over the Internet. I’m very frustrated and had about 20 years of aa
..can you help. I need to detox fast and back.to AA and My family. I’m a stock broker and can’t miss work

7:22 pm November 17th, 2015

Hello Hector. Depending on the detox method you choose, detoxing from Percocet can last from couple of days to a few weeks. There is a rapid Percocet detox, a detox process where you are put under anesthesia, and given medications to cleanse opiate receptors in the brain. This method usually lasts about two hours, and you are closely monitored over 24 to 48 hours.

2:01 am November 24th, 2015

I am tying to mate the detox with. 0ut using percocet and using buprenorphine

2:17 am April 10th, 2016

I bn on percocets for a year now for pain iv had several injuries now I suffer from ptsd and copd enphazemia disease I have heart problems and seizures and crohnes how can I deal with the painwith out them

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:22 pm April 14th, 2016

Hi Loretta. Have you talked with a professional expert in some pain clinic? Maybe, they will give you some alternative methods to relieve pain.

11:36 pm June 20th, 2016

I take 5 Percocet aday and 2oxymorphones aday the Percocet is 10 milligrams and the. Oxy is 30milligrams. Each one !! The pain in my back and neck and knee calls for it so I can function. I been doing this for 3years now I wonder if I will be pain free if I stop? How do I get clean?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:18 pm June 29th, 2016

Hi Steve. Experts claim that lowering the drug doses gradually is a safer way to quit them. So, I suggest you speak with a doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

7:27 pm August 28th, 2016


Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:53 pm September 15th, 2016

Hi Terrell. Experts claim that slowly lowering the dosage is a safer way to quit the drug. I suggest that you speak with a doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule.

1:13 pm November 9th, 2016

I suffer from chronic migraine,fribromylga,cold,insomnia and I’m detoxing at home my question is if and when I finally fall asleep in my dreams I shake like crazy, when I wake up I’m physically shaking is it possible that I’m convulsing in my sleep?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:22 pm November 11th, 2016

Hi Annette. It is possible. I suggest that you consult with your doctor.

8:53 am January 26th, 2017

I have been on Percocet for 12 years due to several injuries and surgeries in combat and a motorcycle accident. I live with Percocet and I AM TIRED if this and want to stop. I DO NOT WANT TO LET MY DOCTOR KNOW IN CASE MY PAIN IS TO GREAT AND I DO IN FACT NEED THEM. I want to make a solid effort with the help of one of my friends and my wife. We just want to ask what OTC Drug will help with the pain in my hands and legs as I try to come off this drug. I have tried it and I know there has to be some drug that I can buy,. Please help

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