What is Percocet and what are its Effects?
Percocet contains a combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen, an ingredient found in aspirin. Percocet is prescribed for pain treatment but is also addictive and overdose can result in death.

The first step to overcoming Percocet addiction is detox. Detox is not a cure for addiction. It is the process during which the body rids itself of all physical traces of Percocet. Detox and withdrawal can be uncomfortable and may involve health risks, making medical supervision an important part of this process. Further treatment or therapy will be necessary for a patient to fully recover and to prevent relapse.

Maintenance treatment is the process of administering diminishing doses of less powerful drugs than Percocet in order to wean the patient away from use. The most common drugs used in maintenance treatment are Methadone and Buprenorphine. These drugs can be addictive themselves, and the process of maintenance treatment should be medically supervised.

Percocet is a prescription drug that is used for mild pain relief.

Circular pills with the brand name and drug name printed on either side.

Street Names:
Perc’s, Hillbilly Heroin

Routes of Administration

Short – Term Effects

  • Short period of euphoria
  • Feelings of increased energy
  • Feelings of being more alert
  • Feelings of a higher self-esteem
  • Feelings of sensory awareness
  • Depletes the body’s energy supply
  • Reduces the perceived need for food & sleep
  • Can cause impulsive behavior
  • Can cause mood changes

Long – Term Effects

  • Constrict the heart’s blood vessels
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden Heart attacks
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • Brain seizures
  • Disturbance in the brain’s electrical signals
  • More and more sensitivity to cocaine
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Chronic nose bleeds, runny nose and sore throat
  • Loss of friends and former values
  • Miscarriage
  • Birth defects
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic headaches
  • Respiratory ailments
  • Addiction
  • Death