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What is Percocet?
Percocet is a pain reliever that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It’s also known as: hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen; Lortab; Norco; Vicodin ES-HP; Zydone.
When you take Percocet, it can help you feel better by blocking pain signals to your brain. This means that it will dull your senses and make you less aware of how much pain you’re in—which can be great in the short term, but not so great when you’re trying to heal from an injury or illness (or just want to feel like yourself again).
Percocet is commonly prescribed after surgeries and traumatic injuries, such as broken bones or severe cuts. It can also be prescribed before or after dental procedures or cosmetic surgery procedures, like liposuction or implants.
It’s important to know how much you’re taking, how often you should take it, and how long you should be taking it for. Percocet can be addictive, so if you need help with addiction recovery, check out our treatment options here.
The first thing to know about Percocet is that it’s a prescription painkiller. This means that you’ll need to talk with your doctor before you start using it—and if you’re taking it for any reason other than what your doctor has prescribed, you’ll need to ask your doctor for permission first.
Percocet should not be used for more than seven days in a row. If you take Percocet for longer than seven days, you may develop a physical dependence on it. Physical withdrawal symptoms can include: anxiety, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, diarrhea and insomnia.
People who take Percocet usually take it as prescribed by their doctor, but people who abuse Percocet may take it without being prescribed. In either case, taking Percocet can lead to addiction. People who are addicted to prescription drugs often take them in higher amounts or use them more often than they are supposed to. This can lead to physical dependence on the medication and withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.
Percocet addiction is a serious problem for many people, but it does not have to keep you from living a full life. There are many effective treatments for Percocet addiction and recovery from this type of addiction is possible with support from loved ones and professionals who specialize in addiction treatment services.
How Does Percocet Work?
Percocet works by binding to these receptors, which are located throughout the body. When this happens, your brain becomes flooded with dopamine and endorphins—chemicals that give you feelings of pleasure and well-being. This is why many people who use Percocet report feeling high when they take it.
The exact way that Percocet works is not fully understood, but it is believed that both acetaminophen and oxycodone act on different areas of your brain to relieve pain. Acetaminophen blocks the activity of certain chemicals in your brain that transmit pain signals to your spinal cord and brain, while oxycodone binds to certain receptors in your brain and spinal cord where it helps reduce the amount of pain signals you feel.
The drug also has sedative properties because it slows down your nervous system and decreases anxiety. This can make you feel relaxed or sleepy while taking Percocet but can also make it difficult for you to function normally when you’re not using it because your body isn’t working at full capacity (or perhaps not functioning at all!).
Percocet Side Effects
The ingredients in this medication work together to block the pain signal from reaching the brain. While Percocet is generally safe, it can cause some side effects that you should be aware of before taking this medication.
The list of Percocet side effects can be long and unpleasant, but luckily, most people do not experience them. These side effects include:
- Slowed breathing rate (respiratory depression)
- Dry mouth and throat
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
- Reduced blood pressure (hypotension)
These side effects will tend to wear off after a few hours and are usually not severe enough to require medical attention. However, if you experience any of these symptoms for more than 24 hours or they get worse over time, it is important that you consult your doctor immediately.
Effects of Percocet on Body
The effects of Percocet on your body are complex and can vary depending on the individual, but there are some general ways that you can expect to feel.
One of the most common effects of Percocet is sedation. You might feel like you’re going to sleep or have trouble staying awake. This effect is often accompanied by a sense of blissfulness and relaxation. You may also experience dizziness, nausea, and other side effects as a result of your body’s reaction to the drug.
Another effect that many people report is euphoria or feeling “high.” This is due to the effects on your brain chemistry from the chemicals in Percocet interacting with receptors in your brain, which causes feelings of pleasure and reward.
If you take more than prescribed or if you take it in combination with other drugs or alcohol, then these effects will be stronger than normal because they will be amplified by these other substances interacting with your body as well.
Guide to Taking Percocet
Taking Percocet is a lot like going to a party. You have to make sure you’re ready for it, because once you’re there, you’ll be having a good time—or at least that’s what everyone says.
You need to know how much Percocet to take, and when to take it. Here’s what we recommend:
- Do not take more than one pill every six hours. We know the box says “take two pills every six hours,” but those are the directions on the box, not ours!
- Don’t eat or drink anything while taking Percocet, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. We know this is hard, but it’s better for your body if you wait an hour after taking Percocet before eating or drinking anything else (including water). It will also help with any stomach pains that might come along with taking Percocet.
- Make sure you stay hydrated while taking Percocet. We recommend drinking two glasses of water every hour while taking Percocet (and maybe even before and after). This will prevent dehydration from happening, which could lead to headaches or dizziness later on down the road (and no one wants either of those things!).
Warning and Precautions
Percocet is a powerful painkiller that works by binding to the brain’s opioid receptors, which can cause users to become dependent on the drug. The risk of addiction increases with higher doses and longer use. If you have taken Percocet for more than 2 weeks, talk to your doctor about how long it would be safe for you to stop taking the medication without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. If you are going to stop taking Percocet, do so gradually under your doctor’s supervision.
Percocet may impair your ability to perform tasks that require alertness or physical coordination (e.g., driving).