Effects on the brain from long term Percocet use (INFOGRAPHIC)

When exposed to Percocet on the long term, our brain goes through several changes in its function and structure. This infographic helps you explore Percocet’s long term effects on the brain.

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Percocet effects

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:

Effects on the brain from long term Percocet use (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • addiction
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • cravings
  • dimness in vision
  • headaches
  • memory problems
  • mood swings
  • nervousness
  • paranoia
  • shallow respiration

All these effects on the brain can have a negative effect on:

  1. Your general physical health and well being.
  2. Your interpersonal relationships.
  3. Your financial state and savings.
  4. Your way of life.

Long term Percocet use and the brain questions

Explore our infographic to learn more in a fun and easy-to-understand manner. Feel free to share it if you find it contains useful information that may help others.

Got more questions about what continuous and chronic use/abuse of Percocet can do to your brain, psychological state, behavior, mood, and nervous system? Please leave them in the comments section below.


About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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