What is Percocet Addiction?
Percocet is a prescription pain reliever that contains oxycodone. It’s a narcotic that affects the brain and increases the level of dopamine. Users experience euphoria and increased calm and pleasure. This effect is so highly addictive that even people may end up addicted to the drug even if they follow the prescription. As they take more percocet, they build up a tolerance, and have to take bigger and more frequent doses to get the same effect.
As the percocet addiction sets in, the user begins to exhibit certain signs:
Frequent abusers of percocet will experience physical symptoms and signs, like drowsiness, dizziness, shallow breathing, constipation, nausea and vomiting. Users are at great risk of overdose, which may cause shock, respiratory depression, liver damage, and low blood pressure.
People who have a percocet prescription risk addiction, even if they follow instructions to the letter. They enjoy the high they get and crave more of it, and so they become preoccupied with getting more percocet. Some users will approach multiple doctors and try to get more prescriptions for percocet. Others may try convincing their original doctor they need more. If both methods fail, they may even attempt to steal another’s prescription or buy percocet on the black market.