Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is a Schedule II opioid and can lead to physical dependence. It is very likely that if you abruptly stop taking Percocet ("go cold turkey") that you might have withdrawal symptoms, including flu-like symptoms, bone ache, tremors, goose bumps,de and diarrhea. While withdrawal from opioids is not fatal, it is also not pleasant. To avoid withdrawal symptoms, you should consult with the physician who prescribed the Percocet to discuss what options you have to taper off of it. These would include a gradual tapering (reduction in the dosage), entering a detoxification facility, or switching to a medication like Suboxone to wean off the medication.
If you have been using the Percocet recreationally rather than for a medical purpose, you should consult with either an addictionologist or your personal physician on how best to deal with the addiction issues. Suboxone was specifically developed to allow for office-based treatment of opioid dependence. It is most effective if combined with counseling, including Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Depending on the severity of addiction, the individual may begin to experience Percocet withdrawal symptoms within a few hours after the last time the drug was used. The most common symptoms include:
• Flu-like symptoms
• Cold flashes/flushed skin
• Muscle and bone pain
• Increased heart rate
Symptoms may range from mild to intense – again depending on the severity of abuse and usually last about a week. However certain symptoms may linger for up to 5 weeks. The first 72 hours will be the most difficult and uncomfortable as withdrawal symptoms usually peak around 72 hours and although there will still be symptoms, they may not seem so intense.
Quitting Percocet cold turkey or suddenly is not advised by most physicians who suggest tapering off over just quitting abruptly. Of course, the optimum way to quit an active Percocet addiction is to seek assistance from a professional detox facility and the most preferred is an inpatient medical detox that offers IV therapy medical detox.
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