PERCOCET WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS
- August 13, 2018
Percocet is one of the leading abused drugs in the opioid addiction epidemic. If you are addicted to Percocet and are attempting to stop its use, you should understand what Percocet withdrawal symptoms you will undergo during the different stages of the withdrawal process. These symptoms are wide-ranging and not everyone will experience the same symptoms at the same time. As always, if it is possible, you should have professional and medical supervision if you are attempting to break free from the chain of addiction.
The reason Percocet and other opioid drugs are so addicting is that they block pain receptors in the brain which creates a sense of euphoria. Use of Percocet requires the brain to work over-time, thus creating increased levels of certain chemicals in the brain that control several aspects of the body. If Percocet use is abused over a long period of time, then the chemical levels increase to an unsustainable level. So, when the Percocet is suddenly withdrawn, you can experience significant instability in the brain chemicals and thus severe Percocet withdrawal symptoms.
There are three stages to Percocet withdrawal symptoms: The Early Stage, Peak Stage, and Late Stage. Many symptoms in each stage can be overlapping with differing severities depending upon what stage you are in, on the level of dependence on the drug and other physiological factors.
In the beginning, you will feel both psychological symptoms as well as physical symptoms, sometimes and as soon as several hours after stopping the drug. You could feel anxiousness and suffer from a sense of paranoia. The possible physical Percocet withdrawal symptoms can be as follows:
- Inability to sleep
- Severe muscle cramps
- Pain all over the body
- Flu-like symptoms
Peak Stage of Percocet withdrawal symptoms will begin approximately several days later. Your body will be desperately attempting to rid your body of all the toxins which can cause vomiting, diarrhea and excess sweating due to increased breathing and heart rate. Other physical symptoms could be the following:
- Depression and anxiety
- Stomach cramping
- Shaking of your hands, arms and legs
The Late Stage of Percocet withdrawal symptoms can last for up to two weeks. These symptoms are more psychological rather than physical since most of the physical symptoms you will experienced occurred during the Peak Stage. Late Stage Percocet withdrawal symptoms can be the following:
- Erratic moods
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Intense drug cravings
Because breaking the cycle of addiction can be so difficult and dangerous, it should be done under the supervision of a medical professional as well as addiction treatment specialists. Done correctly and with the right team in place, these Percocet withdrawal symptoms do not have to be so severe. Certain medications can also be prescribed that might lessen their severity and length. At Asana Recovery, we can help you with the dangers of weaning you off the drug that you are addicted to. We have experienced and caring professional addiction specialists, including medical providers who are experts in the science and treatment of addiction.
The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.