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What To Expect From Percocet Withdrawal

Many chronic pain sufferers are familiar with Percocet, a combination prescription pain medicine. Percocet combines two different pain-relieving drugs, Oxycodone, and acetaminophen into one pill. While this potent combo exerts powerful pain-relieving effects, this relief does come with some significant risks. Oxycodone, the more potent of the two ingredients, is a commonly prescribed opioid with a high risk of abuse and dependency. Similarly to other opiates, it is possible to develop a physical dependence on Percocet even after a relatively short amount of time. Quitting without proper medical detox can be a painful and uncomfortable process due to the potential Percocet withdrawal symptoms. 

The challenge stems from the addicting nature of the drug.  When you stop suddenly, your body is forced to adjust to its new drug-free state. There is however a period of adjustment that is needed as the body rids itself from the accumulated substance. In the process of detoxification, you are likely to experience Percocet withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms of Percocet can manifest both, physically and psychologically. Severe anxiety, physical discomfort, sleep deprivation are just some of the possible effects. Even though Percocet detox is often unpleasant, it does not have to be extremely uncomfortable. Medical detox facilities, such as Daylight, specialize in making the detoxification process more pleasant. 

What Is Percocet Detox?

Percocet detox is the very first step you will want to take on your path to recovery. To end physical and psychological dependence safely, seeking medical help is essential. The ultimate goal of a properly conducted Percocet detox is to remove the substance from the body in a way that is safe and effective. Keeping safety and effectiveness at the forefront of Percocet detox is the best way to minimize withdrawal symptoms and the likelihood of relapse.

Going through Percocet detox is similar to detoxing from any other drug with high addiction potential. To reduce the potential for severe physical discomfort, trained medical staff can help. Medical detox facilities specialize in making the detoxification experience safer and more comfortable, by taking you off the drug slowly. Their main focus is to reduce the intensity of Percocet withdrawal symptoms and to minimize the chances of complications.

Percocet works by affecting the brain and the central nervous system. Through this mechanism, it alters how the brain perceives pain.

What Are Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms?

 Percocet withdrawal symptoms can differ significantly from one individual to another. The length of withdrawal period and intensity of symptoms can vary from person to person. 

The onset of symptoms typically occurs within a day of stopping Percocet. During the early phase of withdrawal, it isn’t uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms, such as

  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Insomnia and yawning
  • Excess tearing
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Watery eyes

More severe symptoms generally appear after the initial phase, a few days after quitting the drug, and these are

  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hypertension
  • Shallow breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Muscle and joint pain

When detoxing from opioids, some people may also experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms. This group of symptoms may persist months after quitting Percocet and are primarily psychological in nature, such as depression, anxiety, and irritability. 


people are admitted to the hospital each year after taking opioids

46 people die every day from a prescription opioid overdose in the United States. *

Why Is Percocet So Addictive?

Percocet affects both, the brain and the central nervous system. By binding to the pain receptors located throughout the body, it alters the perception of pain. Percocet stimulates the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in delivering feelings of pleasure. Prolonged use causes the body to build a tolerance which means patients will need to take the drug in higher and higher doses to feel the same degree of pain relief. When Percocet is taken in large doses, it will cause an intense feeling of euphoria, calm, relaxation and please. This feeling of “high” is similar to the effect of heroin. While people often believe prescription painkiller are safer than illicit drugs, the dangers are very real and the use of these medications can result in tragic consequences. 

Why Is Percocet Detox At Home Dangerous?

There is no evidence to demonstrate the safety or efficacy of taking Percocet long-term. In spite of this very fact, many people end up on the medication for long periods, becoming physically dependent on the drug shortly after filling their first prescription. Even those with a legitimate reason for the medication find themselves quickly developing tolerance and eventually abusing the drug. When the drug use continues for weeks, months or even years, it has many negative results on physical health. People abusing Percocet also face the risk of overdose. 

Percocet withdrawal can involve physical discomfort and pain. Most experts consider bodily discomfort an expected part of the detoxification process. The dangers of quitting Percocet “cold turkey” stems from the high potential for relapse. Without undergoing a medical Percocet detox, the desire to use will be strong and without 24/7 care return to using the drug happens more than not.

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, anxiety and other physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms make it extremely hard to go through Percocet detox alone. Not being able to keep food or water down will prevent you from properly nourish and hydrate yourself, often leading to dehydration. Dehydration is a common symptom that makes the unsupervised detox the most dangerous. Detox from Percocet is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. A “cold turkey” detox makes you go through a lot of unnecessary pain that you would not otherwise have to endure. Pain medication detox under the care of a trained medical and clinical staff is always the best option.

Inpatient Percocet Detox In A Rehab Setting

At Daylight Detox & Recovery Center we strive to provide each and every client with a custom treatment plan. This is the best way to ensure a sustained recovery. We understand that each client is different, that is why we meet our clients right where they are in their journey into recovery.

All of our detoxification processes for opioids involve a taper from the drug substituting opioid-based drugs to block the craving that comes with drug addiction. We also offer Medication Assisted Treatment, for more of a longer taper for those who need additional blocking factors for cravings and anxiety. To keep our clients comfortable, we provide other medications to reduce nausea and help our clients sleep through the night.

Our Percocet detox process is designed to be a safe, comfortable, and effective step on your road to full recovery from addiction. Eliminating your physical dependence on the prescription painkiller is essential to helping you lead a drug-free life. With our help, you will have the tools needed to live confidently without drugs post-treatment, so your integration back into society is successful.

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