Percocet withdrawal treatment: How to treat Percocet withdrawal

To treat Percocet withdrawal, experts recommend slowly tapering dosage over the course of a few weeks, followed by symptomatic treatment. More on how to treat Percocet withdrawal here.

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Percocet is a brand name drug containing oxycodone mixed with acetaminophen, prescribed to treat pain. Sometimes people will use Percocet for recreational reasons. But whether Percocet is being abused or used for pain relief, withdrawal occurs when you stop taking Percocet after a period of daily use for more than 3-4 weeks.

So, how can you withdraw from Percocet? Here, we’ll look at the effects of Percocet withdrawal, withdrawal symptoms that are likely to occur, and the ways you can treat Percocet withdrawal Then, we invite your questions about how to help Percocet addiction or dependence at the end.

Effects of withdrawal from Percocet

Percocet alter the opiate receptors in the brain. In order for you not to feel pain, Percocet blocks the body’s ability to feel pain. Simultanesouly, this action also effects mood and can give you an overall pleasant, euphoric feeling. But why does Percocet withdrawal happen and is Percocet withdrawal dangerous? Plus, when are effects of withdrawal from Percocet triggered?

The longer you use Percocet, the more your body develops a need for the drug. That is, over time Percocet becomes part of the overall functioning within the body as the central nervous system adapts to its prescence. And if you discontinue Percocet after a period of regular dosing, the body (which has adapted new functions to account for the depressant effects of Percocet), “rebounds” and works to regulate. That is why withdrawal symptoms manifest. It is also why your body experiences such discomfort during withdrawal from Percocet.

Withdrawal from Percocet symptoms

Symptoms of withdrawal from Percocet increase in intensity and severity with prolonged use and higher doses. So what are withdrawal from Pecocet symptoms like? Symptoms of withdrawal from Percocet are like having the flu and the stomach flu simultaneously. Dependence to Percocet can make withdrawal not only painful but mentally difficult. If you are attempting withdrawal from Percocet, the symptoms you may experience include the following:

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

Not to worry, there are ways you can treat Percocet withdrawal symptoms so you are not effecting the full effects and ease the pain and discomfort. In other words, there are ways to minimize the length and intensity of withdrawal from Percocet symptoms.

How to treat Percocet withdrawal symptoms

The ways you can treat withdrawal include but are not limited to:

1. Medically assisted treatment. There has been extensive research done on opiates/opioids and ways to treat withdrawal from these types of drugs. There are several medications out there to help shorten withdrawal, ease symptoms, and help take care of drug craving and dependence. Popular medications include: Nalotxone, Clondine, and Methadone. Buprenorphine has been more commonly prescribed in recent years and the primary medication used to treat Percocet withdrawal.

2. Treating symptoms naturally. There are natural remedies out there that can help you treat symptoms as they arise. Massage therapy and acupuncture have shown some promise in clinical trials in treating symptoms of Percocet withdrawal. Additionally, you can treat your withdrawal with flu and cold medications you can easily get at the pharmacy. Ginger and peppermint teas can address symptoms of nausea and gastro intestinal upset. Lastly, many people recommend hot baths, hot pads, and hot/cold creams during Percocet withdrawal to address muscle aches.

3. Medical detox. Detox is a process that is designed to help rid your body of Percocet. During a medically supervised detox, medical staff address symptoms as they occur, and sometimes you are treated with medications.

4. Tapering doses. The single best plan to minimize symptoms of Percocet withdrawal is to taper your doses before eliminating Percocet from your body. Visit your prescribing doctor for an individual tapering plan and s/he can help you work out a gradual reduction in Percocet doses that would work best for you.

Best way to withdraw from Percocet

In general, the best way to withdraw from Percocet is after a doctor approved taper. It’s recommended that you decrease your doses of Percocet over period of several weeks at a rate of around20%-25% every week. But you should never taper Percocet at a rate of 50% or more, as this can trigger withdrawal symptoms. It’s not recommended that you stop taking Percocet cold turkey unless dependency is mild. Still, there are times that cold turkey Percocet withdrawal may be best for some people and those who have a strong desire to stop taking Percocet.

If you’ve been abusing Percocet you may also want to seek out a detox or treatment facility. You may need more then pharmacological help to safely withdraw from Percocet, especially if any underlying mental conditions are present.

Percocet withdrawal treatment questions

The process of withdrawal has a great effect on your physical and psychological wellbeing. Not only are you combating physical pain , but withdrawal from Percocet can be hard on your psycho-emotional being because of drug craving.

Still have questions about Percocet withdrawal treatment? Please leave your questions in the commentssection below. We will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Reference Sources:  SAMHSA: Use of Buprenorphine
National Institute of Drug Abuse: Medication Assisted treatment
NCBI: Acute Pain Management
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. I never took this seriously, I was in denial that I was addicted. I thought the pain I had every 4 hours was from my neuroscarcoidosis. I have to take a pill (5/325) about every 4 hours or I’m in pain. Most of the time it’s around my waist and I’m running for a bathroom. I made an appointment with a pain management doctor, he called me back and implied my case was not serious enough and to just taper down. I’ve tried that and it’s not working unless I’m in bed or on the couch all day. I’ve been on 5/325 for 8 years. All this time I thought the pain and symptoms I was experiencing was from my sarcoid. I’ve been depressed as well, I lost my wife to cancer this past July and attributed the stress to her illness, but my life still feels stressed and I feel burnt out.
    After reading this I’m going to contact a different doctor. I think I need help. Thank you.

  2. Would a withdrawal symptom, 7 days later, be completely slurring words, hardly holding head up and appearing basically like a happy drunk, be a symptom? I swear my brother just snorted some or took something. But in his slurred barely understandable language he swears he’s tired from work and it’s part of the withdrawal. Meanwhile my mom spoke to him when he left work. However, when he walked in the door he sounded like a completely different person in that 45 minutes. A small sad part wants what he saying to be true. But he looks like he’s high as a kite and is laughing at nothing. When usually if I accuse him he is angry, right now he’s Mr. Happy. Loves everyone but can’t complete a sentence or hold his head up.

  3. I am doing the cold turkey method because even though my pain doctor was decreasing my percocet by decreasing the amount of tabs by 4-5 per month. The problem is I would pick them up at pharmacy and take too many a day and run out before new script could be filled! So my doctor would not give me new script until they are “due” to be filled! So I decided I’ve had enough! My last pill was 630 this am. I’ve tried before but gave in when I could pick up my script. I can’t stand the feeling of restlessness in my upper and lower extremity. It feels like they need to be moving all the time! I can’t sleep either! My pain doctor told me to use Imodium, take in caffeine, and benedryl, and sudafed. What else can I do??

  4. I really need HELP! I have been addicted to Percocet for 5yrs now, got addicted when I had my knees replaced. I take up to 15 a day, want to really stop taking them but the withdrawls are so bad. Nobody knows that I am addicted not even my husband who would probably leave me if he knew. How can I finally get rid of this addiction once and for all! I reallyhate myself for this, im lying about where my money goes and every thing else,

    1. Hi Amanda. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule that will gradually take you off the drug. Also, call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

  5. I have been taking Percocet to relieve pain after a knee replacement.My pain has improved, so I only was to take it when it is hurting. But now when I don’t take it I feel horrible. My doctor told me to try tapering: Percocet 10mg–Percocet 5mg–Percocet 2.5mg. He did not give me a time plan. What do you suggest

  6. Hi ive been using for about a year. Ive been talking norcos and just started taking Percocets. But i just want to stop. Im done taking them. But im scared on the withdrawels. What home can i do to help woth feeling sick? Also the aniexty part? Please i just want help.

    1. Hi Heather. Don’t be scared of withdrawal. It is a process that you must overcome in order to gain your recovery. Moreover, withdrawal may not be severe. The best way to overcome it, is to detox under medical supervision. I suggest that you call the helpline on the website to speak with a trusted treatment consultant who can walk you though the whole rehab process.

  7. Hi: I have been on Perkaset since I fractured my hip on July 23, 2016. I was on 10 MG of Perkacet evey four hours and 10 mg of time release oxycotin every 12 hours. I have tapered down to two 5 mg of Perkacet every 24 hours. I have been on this about three days and I get really sick after eight hours without a pill. Should I quit now cold turkey off the 5 mg twice per day, or taper down from there?
    Thanks for your help, Phil
    PS: From what I’ve ready this withdrawl is going to be hell on earth.

  8. It has been 28 days since my last dose of 5 mg Oxycodone one pill a day for 4 years. Did not go through difficult W/Ds. I am afraid of what is called PAWS. Would I be going through PAWS?

  9. I went cold turkey on stopping the Percocet 10/325 taking 6-8 per day for 3 1/2 years. I stopped on April 1 and have not had any opiates what so ever. The problem is after this length of time I will all of the sudden have all the symptoms and pain of detoxing all over again. Is that possible and if so how long can I expect for that to happen. Any suggestions. Plus my doctor prescribed me suboxin to help with the pain. However the first 2 mg strip I took made me sick as a dog and up all night. Now only on nights I am in extreme pain do I take a 1/8 of a strip just to calm the numbness and pain in my limbs. It seems after the suboxin my body behaves as if it’s day one of detoxing. Could that be because it has a small dose of opiates in it. Please give me any suggestions or tips to help me out. Oh the whole reason I was on the is because I had major back problems. I had back surgery on March 15,2016 and am still healing. I take no pain killers at all. I look forward to hearing from you.

  10. my son just admitted to snorting percocet. He had two wrecks in 9 days about 6 months ago. Given pain meds after the 2nd wreck and i think has been on some sort of pain meds since. He said he bought 50 percocets 2 to 3 days ago, he doesnt have any more left. what should i expect the next couple days?

    1. Hello Richard. I believe you should talk with your son, and think about intervention. His dependence may easily transform into addiction.

  11. I. Have been on percocet for many months. I have very bad arthritis which is constantly keeping me in pain. I have run out of the drug as I have used more than the reccomended dosage because ofsevere gout attack. I can’t take anti inflammation drugs because of colitis. My doctor has refused to give me a new prescription for percocet until next week. Please can you help me

  12. I have a family member who was addicted on percoet and went off cold turkey a few years ago. He has recently been taken 7.5 mg . Maybe 1 1/2 a day and wants to get off again. How much should he take to taper down to .

    1. Hi Gloria. The generally recommended dose decrease is by 10% of the current dosage he’s taking. Then taking that lowered dose for a week, and lowering it for another 10% for the following week and so on. He should consult a doctor about this issue, or at least talk to a pharmacist and be prepared for the withdrawal symptoms. Good luck!

  13. Wow. I don’t know how you people do this. I started taking one perk every four hours starting on 2-24-2015, next day I started two perks every four hours and the same with day three. Then day four I went back to one every four hours. Then the fifth day I quit all together. Six day I’m a mess. Anxiety , depression,don’t eat. Want to sleep during day but trying not to. I wake in night and cannot go back to sleep, feel like I’m freaking out. I’m fifty years old and been around the block or two. I did my share of partying. I can’t believe I feel line am. This is horrible and I just want to go to sleep and wake up better. I can’t imagine some you been taking for so long like you said. You have to be feeling way worse than me. I am praying for all of you to get better and over this crap. Take care. God bless.

    1. Hi Robert. That was a rather quick taper you did. In my opinion, and medical professionals would agree, you can prevent withdrawal symptoms from being so uncomfortable and adverse by lowering doses more slowly and more gradually. But, not that it’s done, it’s best to persevere to the end. I’d suggest seeing a doctor, or at least speaking to the pharmacist at your local pharmacy. They can give you useful guidelines and suggest OTC medications that can ease the discomfort from some symptoms. Good luck to you, and please don’t hesitate to seek medical assistance.

  14. I am on my 5th day of withdraw cold turkey. When can I expect to feel better? I was on it for 7 years, when I stopped cold I was down to 3 perc 7.5 a day. Any suggestions would be great.


  15. Hello Julie. Good question; I think that would vary from state to state. Check with your Attorney General’s office for the answer. And remember that dependency IS NOT addiction. Check in with a pharmacist for a tailor made taper recommendation.

  16. i have been on Percs for around ten years. At one point I was on pers and fentanyl but quit the fentanyl this past August. All this started with a back injury. I am obviously dependent now. My question is this….will my pain dr just cut me off when I tell him I’m addicted and want to quit or does he have to help me taper legally.

  17. Hi Joan. Has your doctor prescribed any other medications to help you relieve the withdrawal symptoms? If you still haven’t seen your doctor, you should. Or at least ask the pharmacist at your local pharmacy to give you some OTCs that will help you minimize the symptoms. Then, I’d suggest you go to therapy sessions to work on your social anxiety, learn new coping mechanisms and become socially active without the Percocet. You may not believe me now, but you can do it…you don’t need the Percocet. And good luck with leaving the meds once and for all.

  18. I have been using Percocet for many years off and on, I am going cold turkey. I am experience, depression, severe abdominal pan with gas. My stomach become tight blows up like a abloom.. Depression is severe with crying. I have no patience and can,t tolerate people, I was using Percocet to socialize with people and it give me courage to fit in .before calling or speaking to friends an family I would take Percocet to overcome my fears of insecurity and shyness. I was using it to tolerate my husband who I don,t want to have sex with him, Percocet is my answer to evert thing I am the life of the party when I take Percocet, but because of the side effect the damage the acetaminophen can do to your liver. I love Percocet,
    Today is my third day and I am so uncomfortable especial my abdominal pain, depression and anxiety i, the nasal drip feeling cold is too much, I need help

  19. Hi, ive been havingahard time with myfiance. About a month ago he came clean, told me ges been using on the regular.buying 40 5 mlg at a wack then going for more. Only reason he came clean was beacuse i couldnt figure out where all his money was gping, he wpuldnt show me a paycheck.. Week after he did, week after.. Said he needed to pay phone bill.. I never shouldve given him the money. He seems to have been high this past wedn, thurs, and friday. Today is sat, i can tell. I see the crumbs in his car also. He denies it, i dodnt think he would go back because of the guilt he carried and when he told me, how sick he got.. See hes been chasing me for 13 yrs, i gave him a shot and fell more in love than EVER.we belive we are soul mates.. This is just so hard veing every man ive been with since 21 has been an little brother was actually really bad into herion, cant talk you how many times he overdosed ivr also lost a brpther to recreational highs. He was 37. Lost his 2 yrs ago, i have this need to CURE people.. I know i cant but i beloeve in him. I just dont know what to do anymore. He spent every penny we had, and he would work crazy overtime making almoat 900 a week, didnt pay rent. We had to move into my parents and they all love him, ive never had this.. Im afraod im gping to loose him. Hes been on drugs sice a teen.

  20. Hi Liz. Check out the articles here:

    Extra pills which depart from a tapering schedule set up by a medical doctor can delay withdrawal or can increase the severity or intensity of symptoms once full withdrawal hits. Seek an individualized tapering calendar from a doctor or suggestions from a pharmacist for this final stage of withdrawal and expect that symptoms can persist for about 7-10 days during acute detox.

    All the best!

  21. My friend is titrating down from 12 10/325 mg oxycodone a day, dropping one pill per day each week. She is now on 3 pills a week. If she occasionally takes an extra pill to help sleep, will this ruin her titration? Also, what can she expect in terms of withdrawals after she’s totally off the pills?

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