Percocet is one of the most commonly prescribed narcotic pain killers for pain following surgery, including outpatient procedures like wisdom tooth extraction. Like other opioids, Percocet use and/or abuse can lead to dependence and addiction. It is among the drugs for which addiction recovery treatment is available at Duke City Recovery Toolbox.
What Is Percocet?
Percocet is the brand name for a drug that combines:
- Acetaminophen (generic for Tylenol)
Both components of Percocet provide pain relief. However, the opioid component incites a dopamine response that in high enough doses can cause a high like that of heroin or morphine.
Signs of Percocet Abuse
Warning signs of Percocet abuse include:
- Severe and/or chronic side effects of Percocet
- Taking Percocet more frequently than prescribed
- “Doctor shopping” to find a physician who will prescribe more Percocet
- Taking Percocet in an alternate form than was prescribed—for example, chewing, snorting or injecting crushed tablets instead of swallowing them
If someone is abusing Percocet, they may also exhibit the same personality and/or behavior changes that are common signs of drug addiction.
Percocet Abuse Prevention
The Board of Pharmacy’s Prescription Monitoring Program allows physicians to identify potential abuse by checking when a Percocet (or other opioid) prescription was filled for a patient within the last 12 months. All pharmacies, including the on-site pharmacy at Duke City Recovery Toolbox, report when an opioid prescription is filled.
The Prescription Monitoring Program is a useful tool in preventing abuse and overdose as well as adverse reactions with other medications.
Because Percocet is an opioid, dependence on or addiction to Percocet can be treated effectively with medication-assisted treatment to address underlying triggers. Duke City Recovery Toolbox offers individualized whole-person care to help you overcome addiction to Percocet.
To start you personalized treatment program, contact us to schedule an intake appointment. You may also walk into our clinic between 6:00 and 8:00 am Monday through Thursday.