Percocet is a prescription medication that contains oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid that has become notorious of late due to several well-publicized instances of celebrity drug abuse involving this particular mediation. Opioids attach to receptors in the brain to diminish the feeling of pain and are highly effective when used appropriately. The relaxation and euphoria associated with this pain reduction can tempt the user to abuse the drug. As many have discovered, abuse can lead to disastrous consequences.
Opioid drugs such as Percocet are more commonly abused than any other prescription medication, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens. Percocet is highly addictive. Those who are prescribed Percocet for a prolonged period may develop a tolerance to the drug, as the body adapts to the dosage. Withdrawal from the drug has prompted symptoms of psychosis in some patients, as well tremors, anxiety, insomnia, abdominal cramps and agitation.
An accidental or intentional overdose of Percocet can be fatal. This powerful drug, when taken in inappropriate dosages, can cause extreme fatigue. Users may be unable to maintain consciousness and once asleep, may be extremely resistant to the attempts of others to wake them.
Respiratory difficulties are the most dangerous consequence of overdose. Breathing can become shallow and slow to the point of stopping completely. Overdoses are treated with an antidote called naloxone, which itself has numerous severe and distressing side effects. Delaying of treatment for an overdose of Percocet may result in permanent brain damage to the drug abuser.
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