Percocet is a prescription narcotic that is used to treat pain. It can only be legally obtained when prescribed by a doctor. Like OxyContin, one of the base components in Percocet is oxycodone, an opioid that is very habit forming. Percocet also contains acetaminophen (the main ingredient in Tylenol), which works to enhance the effects of the oxycodone, but also has negative side effects and risks.
Some of the common side effects of Percocet include dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, and blurred vision. Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, and upset stomach are also common side effects because Percocet, like other narcotics, slows down intestinal function. Using Percocet can also slow down other bodily functions, like the respiratory system, which can cause more serious side effects. Shallow breathing, slow heart rate, fainting, and seizures are all listed as possible side effects of Percocet. Overdose or misuse of the drug increases the likelihood of these side effects occurring.
Percocet and other pain killers can be a helpful tool when managing chronic pain or when recovering from an injury or surgery. However, a person using a narcotic for these reasons needs to be aware of the risk of dependency on the drug, for themselves and for those around them. Addiction is the most dangerous side effect associated with Percocet and any narcotic so these drugs should only be taken under a doctor’s supervision. These types of medications should be stored in a place that in not easily accessible to others to prevent misuse. If you or someone you know has become addicted to Percocet or other drugs, seek help immediately from a drug rehab specialist to address the issue and avoid serious and/or permanent health problems.