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Symptoms of Percocet Withdrawal

Percocet is a North American brand name for a combination of oxycodone and paracetamol that has been available since 1976. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that is chemically related to codeine, heroin and morphine. Paracetamol is a pain reliever that is sold under the brand name Acetaminophen in North America. Percocet has a significant potential for addiction, which can cause withdrawal symptoms when a user suddenly stops taking the drug. Percocet addiction typically requires detoxification in a treatment center such as Blue Water Detox.

Medical Uses

The most common medical use for Percocet is the relief of acute severe pain. Percocet is popular for this use because it is an effective pain reliever and has a lower addiction rate that that of morphine. Percocet is usually inappropriate for chronic pain, with terminally ill patients being the primary exception to this rule.

The maximum therapeutic dosage of Percocet depends on the amount of oxycodone in the tablet. Tablets that contain 5 mg or less of oxycodone have a maximum dosage of 12 tablets per day. The maximum dosage for tablets that contain 7.5 mg is eight tablets per day and the maximum dosage for the 10 mg tablets is six tablets per day.

Side Effects

Therapeutic doses of Percocet often cause the following side effects:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Some individuals are allergic to Percocet

These users may experience various skin reactions such as itching and rashes. Allergic reactions related to the blood include a low thrombocyte count and anemia. The Acetaminophen in Percocet may also cause a low white blood cell count in rare cases.


High doses of Percocet are common among addicts, who must continually increase their dosage to achieve the same degree of euphoria. The oxycodone in Percocet causes the classic symptoms of an opioid overdose, including the following:

  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • Depressed respiration
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Muscle flaccidity
  • Circulatory collapse
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Coma

The Acetaminophen in Percocet can cause liver damage in high doses. This can produce the following symptoms:

  • General fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Slow blood coagulation
  • Vomiting

Withdrawal Symptoms

Users who are physical dependent on Percocet will experience withdrawal symptoms when they abruptly discontinue taking the drug. The most common Percocet withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Chills
  • Dilated pupils
  • Muscle aches
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Watery eyes
  • Yawning

Severe physical withdrawal symptoms include abdominal cramps, anorexia, diarrhea, increased blood pressure, insomnia, nausea, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate and vomiting. Psychological symptoms due to Percocet withdrawal include anxiety and irritability.


A clinically significant dependence on Percocet generally requires several weeks of continual use at a relatively high dosage. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin within two days after a dependent user stops taking Percocet. The severity of these symptoms depends primarily on the dosage of Percocet and duration of usage.

The detoxification program at Blue Water Detox typically involves reducing the dosage of Percocet gradually to minimize the withdrawal symptoms. This detox program typically takes 10 days, depending on the severity of the user’s dependence. Some users may go through detox in one week, while others may require up to two weeks.

Percocet dependence requires the user to go through detox in a medically supervised setting. The detox program at Blue Water Detox has medical staff that closely monitors the vital signs of its patients around the clock. This allows the patients to detox in a safe manner and prevents the withdrawal symptoms from becoming life threatening.

Detox is the first step in the treatment for drug addiction. It eliminates the physical dependence on Percocet, allowing patients to concentrate on the psychological aspects of their recovery. Blue Water Detox has intake counselors who can help you or your loved one begin the road to recovery today.

Contact Blue Water Detox Center Today

If you or someone you care for is currently caught up in the destructive grip of addiction, please contact Blue Water Detox. We are an addiction treatment provider that understands the struggle. We know the suffering of the addict and the heartache of the families involved.

Call us today at the toll free number at the top of the page. If you are fearful of voicing the problem, please simply fill out our form. Any measure of contact is a step in the right direction.

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