What Are Some Other Terms for This Prescription Drug?
What Are Percocets?
Percocet is the brand name of an opioid combination drug that contains both oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is usually in the form of a tablet and is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Percocet, like most opioids, binds to opioid receptors in the brain to block pain signals.
Even though the terms ‘oxycodone’ and ‘percocet’ are sometimes used interchangeably, these two substances are different. Oxycodone is a generic opioid, while Percocet has a combination of that opioid and a pain reliever. Since Percocet is made up of acetaminophen as well as oxycodone, it is known to offer more pain relief than Oxycodone alone.
Other Names For Percocets
There are many other brand-name prescription medications that contain a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. These drugs, however, contain different ingredients and may come with varied effects. Other brand names prescriptions for this combination of drugs include:
Unfortunately, this prescription drug is also sold and used illegally. Here are some common street names for Percocet include:
Individuals may use Percocets, either by prescription or illegally, for a variety of reasons.
Why People Use Percocets
When taken according to prescription, people use Percocet to relieve pain that stems from a variety of causes. Doctors may prescribe Percocet to relieve chronic pain, pain after surgery, injuries or broken bones, pain from tooth infections, and muscle aches or damage. It is also known to help with fever and chills.
When used illegally, people may take Percocet to get high. Someone who takes Percocet in the interest of getting high may experience senses of euphoria and sleepiness.
While the effects above may be relieving and pleasurable, Percocet may also come with some possibly dangerous symptoms.
Side Effects of Using Percocets
Common side effects of Percocets may include:
- Liver related issues
- Brain fog
- Loss of appetite
These effects are undesirable, but can usually be treated at home with rest and water. There are other symptoms, however, that may be more serious and require immediate medical attention. These dangerous side effects include confusion, low blood pressure, allergic reactions, fainting, seizures, shallow breathing, and a slow heartbeat.
Percocet Risks & Warnings
Percocet comes with a high chance of addiction and overdose, especially when used to manage long-term or chronic pain. It also may eventually risk liver damage due to the reaction that occurs when acetaminophen interacts with an opioid such as oxycodone.
Even though Percocet is very addictive even when someone is prescribed this medication, there are ways to prevent misuse. Below are some ways to reduce the risk of misuse of Percocet:
- Tell your doctor about your history with drug abuse and addiction
- Only take Percocet when needed or when you experience pain
- Only use this drug according to prescription and dosage
- Use Percocet for a short period of time, no longer than a few months
If you or someone you love does misuse Percocet, there are many ways to treat dependency and abuse. Some prescription medications may be used in rehabilitation programs to treat addiction and withdrawal. Additionally, those who experience an addiction to Percocet may benefit from attending counseling, group meetings, or therapy.
To learn more about Percocet and the other names for this prescription drug or to learn more about drug addiction treatment, contact our team of substance abuse and medical specialists by calling 866-488-8684.