In 2017 alone, an estimated 18 million people in the United States have misused prescribed medications at least once within the past year, and the numbers continue to rise.1
The misuse of prescribed substances can cause addiction, which can lead to health problems in the future. Included in the list of these substances is Percocet. Not only is it an addictive opioid, but Percocet side effects can harm the body and brain. Addiction is a serious risk for those who take Percocet according to their prescription, let alone to those who misuse it.
Although addiction can be difficult to heal from, it’s not impossible. We advise individuals who become addicted to an opioid or narcotic to begin their recovery process with our medically monitored detox treatment.
What is Percocet?
Percocet is an opioid (or narcotic) that contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Percocet is normally prescribed by doctors to treat pain. However, it is only prescribed when any other kind of medication has not provided the individual pain relief. Even if the recommended doses are taken, keep in mind that this narcotic is extremely strong and addictive. Substance abuse is a real danger to anyone who takes an opioid or narcotic. Percocet should not be used unless it’s prescribed and monitored by your doctor.
Side Effects of Percocet
There are both short term and long term Percocet side effects. Any individual addicted to this opioid can experience these uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms. Even individuals who take Percocet as a monitored medication risk becoming addicted. Those who experience any of these symptoms or suffer from substance abuse should immediately seek help at our Delaware rehab facility.
Short-term Percocet effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Mood Swings
- Stomach Pain
- Dry mouth
Regardless of how long an individual abuses Percocet, it can still harm the body. Long-term use of Percocet can sometimes have permanent effects on a person’s mental and physical well-being.
Long-term side effects of Percocet include:
- Liver Damage
- Inability to sexually function
- Decreased levels of testosterone
- Chest pain
- Shallow breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Fainting spells
- Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin
- Problems urinating
- Loss of appetite
- Vision problems
Substance abuse can take its toll on a person’s health and life. Addiction can make a person feel isolated and discouraged. This disease can be scary, but we’re here to help. At Banyan Delaware, we help individuals heal from their addiction with programs like our residential treatment program. At our treatment center, we help patients begin their journey to a healthy and sober life.
If you or a loved one are combatting addiction, do not wait to seek treatment. Call us at 888-280-4763 to begin your treatment.