Long term physical effects of Percocet on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)

What damages and risks can long term Percocet abuse cause to your body and organs? Explore this infographic to learn how prolonged Percocet use can harm your body.

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Percocet bodily effects

Since long term use or abuse of Percocet affect just about every organ in the body, there are many physical symptoms as use continues. Explore the infographic above to learn what does the body go through when chronically and continuously exposed to Percocet. Then, leave your questions and feedback in the comments section at the end.

Physical symptoms of long term Percocet

All organ systems are affected by the use of this opioid painkiller. What are the risks of using it for extended periods of time or abusing it by taking other than prescribed? Here is a list of some long term effects of Percocet abuse:

Long term physical effects of Percocet on the body (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dry mouth
  • fatigue
  • impotence
  • nausea and vomiting
  • seizures
  • slowed breathing
  • stomach pain
  • vital organs damage

Other more serious effects, include:

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  • circulatory system collapse
  • coma
  • death from an overdose
  • heart attack
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • respiratory arrest
  • vital organs failure

Long term effects of Percocet on the body questions

Did you like our infographic explaining the damages and risks that long term Percocet use can have on the body’s organs? Please share if you like it. We welcome you to share any feedback or questions you may have in the section below. We’ll try to provide a personal and prompt response to all legitimate inquiries.

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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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  1. I got addicted to percocet & other narcotics after my car accident in 2002. I staeree taking narcotics after my tonsils were removed. I was prescribed to liquid vicodin. After that I thought I needed it to get out of bed. And I thought the doctor wasn’t giving me enough after I starting being prescribed Percocet 10mg. Being on 4 a day, O was introduced to herion. Because it was pure and my friends said it help more than percocet.
    I was in recovery 2 times and I relapsed because I wasn’t ready to stay clean. On June 25th I made my decision that enough was enough. I checked myself into reheb and I’ve been clean and sober ever since.
    6-25-15!

  2. Hi my name isAlvin n I been on Percocet for 8yrs I have an illness neuro sarcoidosis I have it in my spinal cord I use to be kind of active lifting weights every day n working out for sum reason I started declining to were I don’t work out anymore my belly area started hurting which put a pause on my workouts plans I read it causes pain in your stomach I really want off these pills but I went threw withdrawals and that wasn’t a gud feeling how could I slowly get off them but iam scared to be in pain

    1. Hi Alvin. The safest way to quit Percocet is by slowly reducing the daily dose. I suggest that you consult with a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

  3. I need a barbiturate to relieve my life. please help me . can I use Percocet?
    I seek help thru a barbiturate.
    i’ve lived with great stress – I need help to find percocet or a barbiturate that
    is relatively easy to obtain

  4. I was on the Duragesic patch for 11 years. WhenI am in pain I cannot keep my food down – I vomit it up. I got down to 70 pounds because I could not get a doctor to prescribe opioids for my pain. I finally found a doctor who prescribed a low dose of the Duragesic patch. I stayed on that dose for 11 years. I gained 35 pounds and I was able to work another 7 years before I retired. That doctor saved my life. I went off the patch to see how bad my pain was. It was bad. I am now on oxycodone and have been on it for 5 years without going up on the dose. I am healthier than I have ever been and opioids can save lives and give a person a better quality of life. I almost died from taking NSAIDS (Aleve) in 1994 and I had to have several blood transfusions. Don’t be fooled that opioids are bad I your body and brain. Pain is harmful to the brain and body. We need to realize that opioids can save lives and give a better quality of life. You have to use them right.

  5. I do not believe that Percocet can cause HIV/AIDS. Why do you list this as one of the more serious effects of Percocet use?
    I understand that abusing Percocet is very dangerous and take that very seriously, but am truly alarmed by the suggestion that it can cause HIV/AIDS. Obviously, one would have to engage in dangerous sexual behaviour, share intervienous drugs, etc., to contract HIV/AIDS. Perhaps abuse of Percocet or any other opioid might lead to dangerous behaviour, but the drug alone does not cause the virus. Why are you suggesting it does? This seems very irresponsible.
    Please clarify or make an edit to your page, please.

    1. Hi Jeanne. We have edited the text as you suggested. I do agree that it may cause confusion to someone reading it. Although your presumption was right: “…abuse of Percocet or any other opioid might lead to dangerous behaviour…” and this can lead to dangerous sexual behaviours, or sharing intravenous drugs, etc., resulting in a person contracting HIV/AIDS.

      Thanks for your input! We truly appreciate it.

  6. I’ve been taking Percocet 15mg, Xanax,flexirl, methadone,ambien for 15 years. I was forced to quit cold turkey and I’m still going through some withdrawal. It’s been 25 days quit. I was made it to the hospital today and they gave me Percocet is that going to make my withdrawal start all over?

  7. I have been taking 7.5 mg percocets for over a year..i am in between scripts..i have been abusing my doses and ran out early. I had surgery last Friday and was given a script for 8 days. I don’t have anymore. My pain management dr is waiting to speak with my surgeon on Monday to see if my pm will approve my post op script. Im having withdrawals , scared, in pain, and don’t know what to do. I askedy significant other to help me taper and he denied my request. Im so very torn, and starting to gdt very emotional. I have mo family in my state, and im not a social butterfly. I dnt knw what to do please help😭😭

  8. I have been taking perc for 2 year now, its the only med that helps with trigeminal neuralgia. I am really worried about side affects, but what can I do, my pain is just intolerable and perc takes the edge off.

  9. How do I safely get off oxy and beer. I’m feeling good effects when I don’t take either. I want to come off oxy safely first. I meant I’m feeling bad effects when I don’t take either one. I’m having memory loss n fatigue. I’VE been on oxy for 7 months and drink beer. I’m would like to come off oxy first. I am under a doctors and therapists care as well. Thank you.

  10. Hi am 72 I’ve been taking Percocet for 14 years I want to just quit no I’m taking white pill with a I get a hundred and eighty a month I just quit

  11. I havent took any percocets n 3wks and im not going throught to much body pains at all just dizziness when im trying to walk far is this something that happens and how long do it last? I have took them for over 10 yrs on and off and i quit on my on i pray im not sending my body in to a shock

  12. I have taking oxycodone/acetaminophen 1/2 of 5/325 mg for 4 years due to several pain problems. I have sometimes take one 5 mg. I am trying to stop completely but I am afraid of withdrawal symptoms. Please help.
    Thank you.

  13. How can anybody trust anything you say when you say “hiv/aids” can be an effect of percocet on your organs???? No one ever got aids from percocet.

    1. Hi Lorraine. True, no one got aids from Percocet. But, some people got hiv/aids from using infected syringes, and because Persocet can be abused intravenously than the chance for getting hiv/aids still exist.

  14. It is funny you can’t get me to take a perk. I ended up with liver damage in January 2015. But know have a another thing. I like taken my a.d.h.d. Meds.

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