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Percocet addiction side effects (INFOGRAPHIC)

Percocet has a high habit-forming potential for anyone who uses it continuously over the long therm, or abuses it illegally. Explore the effects of Percocet addiction, here.

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Is Percocet addictive?

Percocet is a prescription medication and a Schedule II narcotic. This means that it has a habit-forming potential for anyone who uses it continuously over the long therm, or abuses it illegally.

In the infographic above, we present the adverse effects of Percocet addiction. So check it out and feel free to share your comments and questions in the section at the end.

How do you get addicted to Percocet?

Percocet acts at opioid receptors throughout the body and provides pain relief of moderate to severe pain. It is not intended for long-term pain management due to it’s habit forming potential, but yet, doctors prescribe it to patients who keep on taking it.

Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system (CNS) the same way heroin and morphine do – by changing the way the brain perceives physical pain. When doses of Percocet are upped, you can experience a “high” that is pretty much similar to the “high” produced by heroin, including feelings of:

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  • euphoria
  • calm
  • heightened pleasure
  • relaxation

Percocet triggers the release of neurotransmitters in our brain. Dopamine is one of those neurotransmitters, also called “the happy hormone” or “feel-good chemical” and plays an important role in the reward system. This system is crucial for delivering pleasurable feelings and motivation. But, there is a trick! The brain’s reward system also reinforces behaviors that lead to or initiate the release of dopamine in the first place. THIS is how addiction to PEROCOET is formed!

Want to know more?

Check out our infographic to research the Percocet addiction effects closely. And, spread this useful info so that many people can get informed and learn about taking this medication. Finally, if you have any questions or would like to give us some feedback, feel free to comment 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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  1. I’m wondering why the ”Damage Caused by Percocet / Permanent- Possible- Reversible’ section above doesn’t include liver failure. The acetaminophen in Percocet (and Vicodin also) can kill or damage your liver if too much is taken at one time, or if high doses are taken over a long period of time. Once your liver is affected, it’s not reversible, as it’s been explained to me. And liver disease can kill you. Ooops, sorry, ‘elevated hepatic enzymes’ do describe liver problems or liver disease. Probably would be better to just say ‘liver disease or failure’ in your chart because it’s more easily understood by most people.

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