Americans abuse painkillers more than any other drug. Among them is Percocet, a prescription painkiller that combines oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone causes the opioid effect while acetaminophen strengthens Percocet’s pain-relieving effect. Percocet use is also habit forming, and Percocet withdrawal can be dangerous or uncomfortable for you and your family.
If you have a Percocet dependency and regularly seek out the drug, you may already be familiar with the Percocet withdrawal symptoms. How did they make you feel? Scared, vulnerable, or just incredibly uncomfortable?
Withdrawal symptoms can range from unpleasant to dangerous. Self-detox almost never works, and medical detox is necessary to address opiate detox.
Acute Versus Protracted Withdrawal
Acute withdrawal in the case of alcohol, cannabis, opioids, or nicotine, refers to the specific symptoms arising from the sudden discontinuation of the substance. The symptoms are different in nature to the effects caused by using the substance.
The withdrawal period is also different depending on the substance. For example, the withdrawal period may last for up to 21 days for opioids and as less as five days for alcohol. Percocet withdrawal may stretch to four weeks for chronic users.
When you experience protracted symptoms, the effects are largely psychological. As you feel weaned from feel-good effects, the transition from frequent use to cessation can take a toll on you.
If you have been using the substance for a short while, withdrawal symptoms are more bearable than if you are a chronic user. This is because, over time, you develop a tolerance to the substance and need more of it to experience pleasure. As your brain has become accustomed to the stimulation offered by the substance, you end up with protracted withdrawal.
Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms
Typically, opioid withdrawal occurs in two phases. In the first phase, you may experience symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, muscle aches, and low energy. In the second phase, you could suffer from rapid heartbeat, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.
The specific acute withdrawal symptoms that can cause discomfort include:
- Teary eyes
- Runny nose
The specific protracted withdrawal symptoms that can also be disruptive to your personal and professional life include:
- Difficulty in focusing and making decisions
- A loss of libido
- Unexplainable physical symptoms
Of course, it’s typically not possible to manage Percocet withdrawal at home. You need the guidance and care of medical professionals to make it out safely and correctly. The process also involves a timeline throughout which you will be monitored and attended to as needed. Additionally, this is a delicate period and supervision by knowledgeable recovery staff is a necessity.
Timeline for Percocet withdrawal
All opioids have a specific half-life, which is the amount of time it takes for the concentration of the substance in your body to reduce by half. Percocet has a half-life of four hours per dose. That also means you will experience intense withdrawal symptoms from the first day of discontinuation. Managing them successfully is critical.
This is when you must manage the aforementioned acute withdrawal symptoms. You will also experience cravings for the painkiller and learn to cope without it.
When you complete your week of detox, you will enter Crestview Recovery’s rehab program. At this stage, you will benefit from therapies addressing your emotional symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. Our individualized Percocet addiction treatment is sure to meet your unique requirements. Treatment may also include mindfulness medication therapy, yoga therapy, life skills rehab, and trauma therapy.
Banish Percocet From Your Life
Overcome Percocet withdrawal and begin addiction recovery at Crestview Recovery today. We offer a range of therapies and services, including:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient rehab center
- Mindfulness meditation therapy
When you’re ready to begin your treatment journey, reach out to Crestview Recovery. Call 866.262.0531 now to transition to a healthy and rewarding life.