Percocet is a drug derived from oxycodone and acetaminophen and prescribed as a narcotic analgesic for moderate to severe pain. Its chemical composition is similar to morphine and codeine. The medication can be paired with aspirin and ibuprofen. Because of the addictive nature of Percocet, doctors generally track patients usage and only prescribe a certain amount at a time. Percocet does have some side effects.
Common Side Effects
The common side effects of taking Percocet include feelings of euphoria, low blood pressure, nausea, weakness, fatigue and faintness.
Itchiness is also a complaint from those taking Percocet. Though this side effect feels like a skin allergy, it is caused by opiates releasing histamines into the blood stream.
Constipation frequently occurs in people who take Percocet for longer than a couple of days. Doctors will generally prescribe or suggest a laxative with this drug. The constipation will not go away unless treated with a laxative or as long as you are taking Percocet.
Infrequent Side Effects
There are some more serious side effects associated with taking Perocet. These problems consist of widening of blood cells, fever, decreased urination, excessive sweating, dry mouth, nervousness, severe drowsiness, liver damage, hepatitis, depression, blood clots, decreased blood platelets, breathing problems, blocked bowels, collapsed lung, shock and hallucinations.
Allergic reactions occur infrequently, yet it is important to notice the signs. Watch for signs of allergic reactions such as wheezing, skin rashes, hives, difficulty breathing and swelling of the throat or mouth. Get medical assistance immediately if you think you are allergic to the medicine.
Severe Side Effects
Some of the most severe side effects that can occur in the body are allergic reaction, sweating, headache, fever, asthenia and hypothermia. Side effects to the peripheral nervous system are tremor, seizures, paraesthesia, hypoaesthesia and cerebral edema.Fluid and electrolyte problems may include metabolic acidosis, hyperkalemia, respiratory alkalosis and sever dehydration. Gastrointestinal issues brought on by Percocet consist of severe abdominal pain, taste disturbances, abdominal distention and dyspepsia. Hypersensitivity can occur with disturbances to the body like angioedema, asthma, urticaria, anaphylactoid reaction, acute anaphylaxis, bronchospasm and laryngeal edema.
Percocet mixed with alcohol, illicit drugs or other opioids can depress the central nervous system. The body can react in a variety of different ways ranging from an increase of hallucinations to death. People combining Percocet with other central nervous system depressing drugs such as tranquilizers, sedative-hypnotics or anesthetics may increase chances of addiction or risk of harming the nervous system. Tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. Always take the prescribed amount.
Percocet is a widely misused narcotic. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 11 million Americans over the age of 12 have misused Percocet at least once in their life. The drug can be both physically and mentally addictive.
Dependency begins when you can't imagine life without the drug or continue taking the drug after pain is gone. Withdraw symptoms can consist of myalgia, increased blood pressure, insomnia, weakness, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Be sure to only take the recommended amount by a doctor. If you believe that you have become addicted, contact a therapist or addiction recovery center.