What is Percocet?
A) Percocet is a narcotic (oxycodone) and acetaminophen combination. They are
combined to get a syngergistic effect on pain. Oxycodone is similar to other narcotics
in terms of effect and addiction. Acetaminophen is better known as Tylenol.
brand names are Roxicet and Tylox. Tablets contain 25 mg oxycodone hydrochloride
and 325 mg acetaminophen; 5 mg oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 mg acetaminophen;
7.5 mg oxycodone hydrochloride and 500 mg acetaminophen; 10 mg oxycodone hydrochloride
and 650 mg acetaminophen
How is Percocet used?
Percocet when abused can be taken orally in pill form, chewed, or crushed (then
snorted like cocaine).
What are the side effects of Percocet?
feeling of well-being
What are the symptoms of Overdose?
or skin with yellow tone
and clammy skin
or irregular breathing
What is Percocet addiction?
Addiction is a major risk with prolonged use (over 2-3 weeks) of narcotics.
Even moderate doses of some narcotics can result in a fatal overdose. When increasing
doses of narcotics, the person may first feel restless and nauseous and then progress
to loss of consciousness and abnormal breathing. Other risks include withdrawal
symptoms that may last for months.
drugs activate the brains reward systems. The promise of reward is very
intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities
around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain
reward mechanisms and their ability to chemically alter the normal functioning
of these systems can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a persons level
of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.
What are possible drug interactions when using Percocet?
drugs such as Cogentin, Bentyl, and Donnatal
tranquilizers such as Thorazine and Mellaril
narcotic painkillers such as Darvon and Demerol
such as phenobarbital and Seconal
such as Xanax and Valium
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