Percocet has helped many people reclaim their lives from chronic pain that threatens to interfere with one’s day and to sabatoge one’s mood. Percocet is yet another pain reliever in the narcotic family, but is milder than morphine and other forms. It combines Oxycodone, a group of narcotics, with a milder form of pain reliever called acetaminophen, which is quite effective, and can intensify the drug’s effects. While Percocet is quite safe and effective, it can be habit-forming and is not the kind of drug which should be given to just anyone. To avoid drug abuse, doctors often prescribe Percocet to responsible adults and caution patients to keep their medications in safe places away from children or those who may use the drug irresponsibly.
The combination of drugs in Percocet helps create a milder way of treating chronic pain. The medication can be used for intense pain or can be used in a slow-release formula to treat chronic pain that occurs constantly. When taking Percocet for chronic pain, it is important not to chew or crush the pill, but to swallow it with water, so the pill has the opportunity to digest and to work properly.
Before a doctor can prescribe Percocet, he or she needs to be sure the patient is not allergic to oxycodone or toe acetaminophen. If a patient has a history of heart disease, or liver or kidney problems, there might be an issue with taking Percocet. In addition, a history of drug abuse will make someone unable to take the drug, since the doctor will not give Percocet to someone who will likely abuse it.
As with many pain relieving drugs in the narcotic family, a doctor will not recommend going off the drug suddenly, but will suggest weaning a patient off to ease withdrawal symptoms and to deal with issues of dependency. Most patients do not become addicted to Percocet, but it is necessary to take precautions just in case.