Percocet is a prescription drug used to treat severe pain. It is composed of an over-the-counter painkiller, acetaminophen, and oxycodone. While it is a prescription medication, prolonged use, or abuse of this drug can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to Percocet, it may be time to look at Memphis Recovery Centers for a Percocet addiction treatment center.
The side effects of Percocet can be anything from a mild case of dry mouth to life-threatening reactions. These side effects can be worse when combined with other drugs, medications, or medical conditions. Keep an eye out for these Percocet side effects.
Allergic Reactions to Percocet
The acetaminophen half of the drug causes one of the most dangerous Percocet withdrawal symptoms. This reaction can happen even if you have safely taken acetaminophen before in a form such as Tylenol. Keep an eye out for the signs of this allergic reaction when you or a loved one are taking acetaminophen, including Percocet. If you experience skin redness or a rash that spreads and leads to blisters or peeling, call your doctor right away as this is an early sign of a dangerous allergic reaction.
Slowed Breathing and Percocet
The oxycodone in Percocet is a powerful opioid that can slow breathing if combined with other depressants, such as other opioids or alcohol, or if the dosage is incorrect. If you or someone taking Percocet experience blue lips, slow breathing, or breathing with long pauses, or are hard to wake up, contact a doctor immediately.
Other Dangerous Reactions
Other Percocet side effects may be signs of other dangerous conditions. Percocet, like all opioids, is a dangerous drug that can be fatal if misused. These more dangerous side effects can appear even with prescribed used but are more common when the medication is being abused. These side effects of Percocet include:
- A slowed heart rate
- Difficulty breathing
- Weakness or feeling tired
- Strange behavior
- Lightheadedness, fainting, seizures
- Problems urinating
Percocet can also damage the liver if abused. The signs of liver damage include yellowing of the eyes, skin, mucous, urine, or a clay-colored stool. Furthermore, loss of appetite, stomach pains, and other side effects that become worse over time is a sign that the drug has damaged the liver.
There is also a condition known as Serotonin Syndrome. This condition has symptoms that include hallucinations, racing heart, fever, shivering, and twitching. If you or a loved one experiences these side effects, get medical help right away.
If you find that you have some or all of these drug withdrawal symptoms, seek medical help at a drug rehab center.
Common Percocet Side Effects
Percocet, like any drug, has some more common side effects. These Percocet side effects can be signs of more significant and more dangerous medical conditions. As always, contact your medical care provider if any side effects appear. The common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Red eyes
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling extremely happy or sad
As you can see, there are some overlaps between the common side effects and some of the more dangerous ones. In some cases, only qualified medical professionals can tell the difference between common side effects and more hazardous conditions. For this reason and many others, Percocet should only ever be taken when and as prescribed by a doctor. Furthermore, when coming off of Percocet, it helps to stay sober by following a relapse prevention plan.
Addiction can take control of your life and the lives of loved ones, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the road. If you or a loved one is struggling with Percocet abuse, contact our caring staff at Memphis Recovery Centers at 866.304.8254 for more information on how you can start your journey to recovery.