Percocet is a brand name medication and contains the ingredient oxycodone. Percocet is a strong physician-prescribed medication most often dispensed for a limited period use to relieve severe pain from injury, surgery, and illness. Oxycodone is highly addictive opioid used in many prescription medications.

Because the opiate properties of Percocet constitute oxycodone in higher concentrations for severe pain purposes, it may become tolerated by the body over a short period of time. Once the barrier of tolerance is reached stronger doses may be needed to achieve the same pain relief effect creating a possible dependency. Once dependency for a prescription drug is established in the brain and central nervous system, addiction may follow.

Prescription drug abuse is a national dilemma which has the medical community highly concerned. It is treatable, but a person must come to the point to want to become free from prescription drug addiction on such medications as Percocet.

This page discusses warning signs, facts, and dangers of Percocet addiction, along with treatment potential for the addicted user.

There is help. Along with this page and website there are people ready to answer your questions immediately at Action recovery Group in Ogden. Why not begin the discussion on how to gain control over drug addiction to substances like Percocet today by calling 1 (801) 475-HELP.

About the Prescription Drug Percocet

Percocet is a brand name prescription drug developed in the 1990’s and most often prescribed for pain relief.  Its generic name is “Endocet.” Its main component is oxycodone-hydrochloride which is classed as an “opioid,” but sometimes also referred to as an “opiate.”  Street names for Percocet include “Oxy,” “Perc,” Hillbilly Heroin,” and “Oxycet.”

Percocet combines the drugs oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen in its pain relieving treatment. Acetaminophen is the component which constitutes the brand name over the counter medication Tylenol.

Oxycodone is synthesized from the substance “thebaine” which comes from the opium poppy. The terms “opioid” and “opiate” sometimes confuse people. They are essentially referring to compounds derived from the Asian poppy flower and can be explained as follows from NAABT.Org:

“Opiates are drugs derived from opium. At one time “opioids” referred to synthetic opiates only (drugs created to emulate opium, however different chemically). Now the term Opioid is used for the entire family of opiates including natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic.” HYPERLINK “”

When taken for pure pleasure, the drug Percocet may turn into drug abuse. When the craving for the drug becomes an obsession a drug rehab treatment center is most often needed to reverse the user’s obsessive desire for the opioid drug.

Opioid derived drugs resemble morphine and other opiates in their pharmacological effects.  They are derivatives from the natural occurring substances found in the Asian opium poppy flower. Heroin and morphine are common names for drugs most widely known to come from the poppy plant.

Percocet addiction is troubling because it is so often the unintended consequence of taking a prescribed drug offered by a medical doctor for the primary purpose of persistent pain relief. An addiction recovery and drug rehab program can begin to heal what has become a devastating scourge of prescription overdose death and addictions worldwide.

Dangers of Percocet Addiction and Abuse

Addictions from prescription pain medications can be insidious. Percocet related overdoses and deaths have spiked dramatically over the past two decades.  Medically prescribed users and those who seek the drug without a doctor’s prescription for pain relief, may tend to overuse as they seek greater doses for the euphoric and short term pain relief effect the medication is intended to provide.

Medical professionals understand opioid type drugs can create dependency. They have been more cautious in their prescriptions of Percocet as time as passed. Nevertheless, the risk exists to become addicted and dependent upon Percocet and drug medications like it, including those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone.

The mixing of other central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, barbiturates, and prescription drugs derived from opium such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, may exacerbate the situation of casual use to permanent dependency.

This temptation to mix drugs stems from a desire either for a quicker effect on the brain and to avoid withdrawal symptoms which can be intensely painful. This has further led to high rates of accidental overdose and death even among casual first time users.

Drug abuse with Percocet and other prescribed medications occurs when a person seeks the “high” or euphoric effect which accompanies the pain killing properties of the drug.

From drug abuse website  HYPERLINK “”  we read more about Percocet and how it works in the body:

“Percocet is a trade name for a prescription pain reliever that combines  HYPERLINK “” oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opiate analgesic, a narcotic derived from the same source as  HYPERLINK “” heroin and morphine. The acetaminophen in the drug is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It is combined with oxycodone to increase its effectiveness. Percocet is prescribed for moderate to severe short-term pain that is not typically chronic in nature.

Like heroin and morphine, Percocet affects the brain and the central nervous system, changing the way the brain perceives pain.

“When taken in large doses or when the prescription tablet is crushed to destroy the time-release mechanism, Percocet can cause the same high as heroin. Percocet is a central nervous system depressant that floods a person’s system with dopamine, so the high from the drug is characterized by euphoria and feelings of calm, relaxation and heightened pleasure.

“People who abuse Percocet can be found in all age groups, races, economic classes and social circles. Percocet and other prescription drugs are often mistakenly viewed as a safer way of getting high than using illicit street drugs, like heroin and  HYPERLINK “” cocaine. Unfortunately, Percocet abuse can lead to the same dangerous problems of dependence and addiction as the illicit street drugs that share its origin.”

Opioid Class of Prescription Drugs

Opioids are a class of drugs that are prescribed for relieving pain. Pain in all its forms destroys the quality of life.  Pain relief is always a temporary reprieve and benefit to chronic sufferers.  Some of the pain sufferers may have a terminal illness. When prudently dispensed, opioids can help in the treatment of pain while seeking to avoid addiction.  Some of the brand name prescriptions classed as opioids include:










Short and Long Term Effects of Percocet Addiction and Abuse

Misuse, abuse, and unintended addictions create both long and short term effects in the body. Because a tolerance builds in the body to prescribed doses it takes stronger dosing to get the same effect. Addiction then, is the main short and long term effect of Percocet and other drug abuse.

Because Percocet and other opioids can suppress breathing, when overdosing and mixing with other central nervous system drugs occurs – including alcohol – respiratory failure and death may occur.

Some of the ill effects occurring in the body from Percocet and opioid addiction include:

Heart, liver, and kidney damage

Respiratory failure

Cardiac arrest and cardiovascular damage

Brain and nerve damage

Overdose and possible death

Withdrawal from Opioids:

A person with a dependency or addiction on opiate drugs will suffer withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop abruptly. Withdrawal symptoms may peak anywhere between 24 and 48 hours and last for many days.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms from drugs considered opioids include:

Severe headache

Nausea and vomiting

Shakes and shivering-chills

Rapid heart rate




Runny nose and teary eyes

Dry Mouth

Action Recovery Group Percocet Rehab

Recovery from opiate addiction takes time but is possible. An addicted person will need to reframe dependency through learning of coping skills that help deal with the challenge of dependency and underlying motivations for opiate abuse.

At Action Recovery Group in Ogden, this begins with an individualized approach to healing addictions created by Percocet and other opioid drugs. Specific treatment designed with the individual in mind is created with dedicated staff, medical, and counseling professionals.  Drug rehab is the positive first step in reclaiming independence and freedom from any drug or alcohol addiction.

Action Recovery Group of Ogden, Utah offers a highly effective program for long-term sobriety and recovery. For more information about prescription drug addiction, please contact our drug treatment center today at 801-475-4673.