Percocet is very addictive and should be used for only a few days to prevent potential dependence, tolerance, and addiction. Percocet is highly abused as the majority of its use is for non-medical reasons. Patients addicted to Percocet are more likely to abuse heroin as it will become difficult to maintain the use of Percocet due to cost, availability for elicit use on the street and difficulty in obtaining a prescription legally from a medical provider.
Percocet and oxycodone-containing products, can be habit-forming, causing not only physical, but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opiates is reduced or discontinued after long-term use.
Using Percocet for an extended period can lead to tolerance, where the user needs to increase the dosage of their opiates to achieve the desired effect, whether the desired effect is pain control or euphoria. Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Percocet.
Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter. One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Percocet physical dependence symptoms lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the Percocet, opiate user.