Effects on the brain from long term Percocet use (INFOGRAPHIC)
Oxycodone, the main ingredient in Percocet, is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. As the main ingredient, it gives Percocet the ability to provide pain relief by acting on µ and kappa opioid receptors in the spinal cord, brain, and other tissues.
Brain effects from long term Percocet
Percocet abuse has a strong potential to cause short and long-term psychological effects. It’s an opioid painkiller (or narcotic) and can cause euphoric sensation within the brain just like other opiates including heroin and morphine. When exposed to Percocet for a long period of time, the brain goes through a number of functional and structural changes. These side effects include:
- dimness in vision
- memory problems
- mood swings
- shallow respiration
All these effects on the brain can have a negative effect on:
- Your general physical health and well being.
- Your interpersonal relationships.
- Your financial state and savings.
- Your way of life.
Long term Percocet use and the brain questions
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