Percocet is the brand name of a prescription painkiller that is made up of oxycodone and acetaminophen. This powerful opioid can cause physical dependence in regular users. Often marketed under different names such as Endocet, Magnacet, Narvox, Roxicet, and Tylox, Percocet abuse and addiction is becoming increasingly widespread.

The main ingredient in Percocet, Oxycodone, is a psychoactive substance that is synthesized from the morphine-like compound, thebaine. Like all psychoactive or psychotropic drugs, Percocet manipulates the central nervous system. This can cause changes in a persons mood, consciousness, sensory perception, and, indeed, his or her whole behavior. The user may sometimes not have control over his or her mind when on this substance. 

Another danger of Percocet is that is that it reduces pain perception and decreases the bodys reaction to pain. Overtime, the body becomes more tolerant and a higher dosage is required in order to achieve the desired effect. Thus, Percocet leads to physical or chemical dependence and if the body does not get the substance withdrawal symptoms are inevitable. 

Getting Help

Treatment is available for Percocet addiction, and it is certainly possible to overcome any prescription drug addiction. Treatment typically includes a combination of psychological, medical, and nutritional methods. For treatment to be most effective, it must be designed to address the particular individuals case as well as be administered and supervised by medical experts.


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