Learn How Percocet Works

Percocet is a combination pain medication containing oxycodone, hydrochloride and acetaminophen. It is most often used to treat moderate to severe pain. How does Percocet work? How does it affect the body and brain?

How Percocet Affects the Brain?

Oxycodone is the main ingredient in Percocet, and it is a central nervous system depressant. The medication binds to opiate receptors in the central nervous system and that is what numbs the feeling of pain and can sometimes cause a euphoric high. Individuals who use Percocet to get high run the risk of getting addicted to it.

How Percocet Works in the Body?

The medication provides pain relief by stimulating the opioid receptors found in the central nervous system, and the body’s response could range from analgesia to respiratory depression to euphoria. How much Percocet is too much? If an individual takes more than 4 tablets a day, then it can affect their liver. Some effects that Percocet can have on the body are:

  • Relief from pain
  • Euphoria
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Urinary retention
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching

When Percocet is not taken as prescribed or directed, that is when the more serious and life threatening side effects may occur. If it is taken as directed, then only mild side effects will occur. Percocet only stays in the system for 2 to 3 days, so with regards to undesirable side effects, the drug leaves the body pretty quickly.

How Fast and Long Does Percocet Work?

Percocet is a fast acting opioid and starts showing effects within 20 to 30 minutes of taking the dose. Its effects peak within 30 to 60 minutes after dosing. Chewing, crushing, snorting or injecting Percocet gives more immediate effects, but also increases the risks of adverse effects and possible overdose.

The effects of Percocet last anywhere between 2 to 4 hours. Generally, the drug is prescribed at a dosing interval not exceeding 4 hours. Percocet is taken as needed, usually every 4 to 6 hours, and should not be taken more frequently than that.

Is it for Everyone?

Percocet is not right for everyone. It can trigger many uncomfortable side effects. The oxycodone in it can be addictive, and this is the reason why Percocet is not prescribed for individuals who have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. An individual who is taking other medication must be made aware that they can react adversely with Percocet.

Ultimately, Percocet works well as a pain reliever when it’s taken as needed. It doesn’t matter whether the medication is taken on an empty or full stomach, it will still be as effective.

If you have questions about Percocet use and effects, call The Villa for information. We can guide you on the path to recovery.