Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMedicine · 5 years ago

How far apart to space Percocet so it'll keep working?

My doctor prescribed Percocet two times a day, for pain as needed.

So far they do a good job at keeping away unwanted pain in the my lower back.

I am afraid that even taking them exactly as prescribed, the healing effects will fade away.

My question is; how far apart to space the pills so as not to become numb to the effects?

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
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    Percocet is a drug that was developed to include a combination of oxycodone and paracetamol. It is a drug that was approved in 1976 and is primarily utilized to provide pain relief for individuals with moderate or severe short-term pain. It is federally classified as a “Schedule II” controlled substance, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse and it could lead to psychological and/or physical dependence.

    Many people who use Percocet notice that it works extremely well at providing pain relief. Although its intended to be utilized for treatment of pain, some people take it recreationally to “get high.” Among the individuals who take it recreationally, it is very easy to get addicted; it provides an initial boost in mood and is known to induce feelings of deep relaxation.

    Based upon composition it is thought to be slightly easier than oxycodone withdrawal; a substance included in Percocet. That being said, anyone with a high tolerance may end up dealing with an array of debilitating symptoms when they discontinue Percocet.

    Factors that influence Percocet withdrawal

    When discontinuing any opioid, there are going to be various factors that influence the severity of withdrawal. These factors include things like: time span over which the drug was taken, the dosage you took (which influences tolerance), whether you are addicted, how quickly you tapered off of it, as well as other individual factors such as: physiology, environment, social support, etc.

    1. Time Span

    How long have you been taking Percocet? In general, the longer the time span over which you’ve taken this drug, the more difficulty you are going to have facing withdrawal. When you take an opioid for a long-term, your body gets used to receiving the drug on a daily basis. If you stop taking it, your nervous system may become extremely sensitive and/or go into shock – which can lead an array of symptoms.

    Those who have taken the drug for long periods of time have likely built up a tolerance and are on higher than average doses. People who have only been on the drug for a short-term to deal with some immediate pain shouldn’t have too tough of a withdrawal process.

    2. Dosage + Tolerance

    Percocet is produced by Endo Pharmaceuticals at a variety of dosages. It is important to note that Percocet tablets also come in six different combinations of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Each has a different maximum daily dose. In general, the greater the dose of the drug that you take, the tougher it will be to deal with withdrawal.

    Pink (oval): 2.5 mg Oxycodone / 325 mg Acetaminophen – Maximum daily dose of 12 tablets.

    White (round): 5 mg Oxycodone / 325 mg Acetaminophen – Maximum daily dose of 12 tablets.

    Peach (oval): 7.5 mg Oxycodone / 325 mg Acetaminophen – Maximum daily dose of 8 tablets.

    Peach (capsules): 7.5 mg Oxycodone / 500 mg Acetaminophen – Maximum daily dose of 8 tablets.

    White (oblong): 10 mg Oxycodone / 325 mg Acetaminophen – Maximum daily dose of 8 tablets.

    Yellow (oval): 10 mg Oxycodone / 650 mg Acetaminophen – Maximum daily dose of 6 tablets.

    For the smaller doses of 2.5 mg Oxycodone, the standard dose is 1 to 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed for pain relief. All of the other higher-dosed tablets have a dosing protocol of 1 to 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain.

    When you take higher doses of this drug for an extended period of time, you can develop tolerance. In other words, you take the same dose, but the pain relieving effects have worn off. When tolerance is established, a person typically increases their dosage. The only downfall to this is that the greater the tolerance, the more difficult a person tends to have dealing with withdrawal.

    3. Addiction

    Many people unintentionally become addicted to taking Percocet. They take the drug to relieve pain, but then when time comes to quit, they realize they need the drug for functioning. This is a drug that can provide an initial very potent antidepressant effect in addition to providing relief from anxiety. People may feel so deeply relaxed and “good” while on this drug, that they may have a difficult time giving up the psychological effects.

    Additionally, some people can become addicted to the physical effects that the drug provides. It is a depressant, meaning it relaxes the nervous system and stimulates endorphin production. The body’s natural endorphin supply eventually becomes temporarily reduced as a result of taking this drug. Many people cannot cope with the temporary increase in pain that they may experience when withdrawing.

    4. Cold Turkey vs. Tapering

    Did you quit taking Percocet cold turkey or did you conduct a gradual taper? Conducting a gradual taper is thought to help reduce the intensity and duration of many withdrawal symptoms. Tapering gives your nervous system some time to gradually adjust to reductions in dosages. If you quit cold turkey after extended usage, it may shock your nervous system, and in turn may lead to more severe withdrawal symptoms and an extended recovery.

    It should be noted though that many people do quit cold turkey with success. Although the acute phase may be intensified, it is possible. There isn’t really a risk of deadly withdrawal effects associated with “cold turkey” withdrawal. Another option that you may want to pursue if you are unable to taper or quit cold turkey is “opioid replacement therapy.”

    5. Individual Factors

    It is important to consider various individual factors that can influence the withdrawal process. These factors can include things such as: environment, social support, dietary and exercise habits, as well as genetic predisposition. Certain people are naturally less prone to severe withdrawal symptoms than others and/or recover at quicker rates. It is important to not get too caught up in comparing the length of your withdrawal to others.

    Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms: List of Possibilities

    Below is an extensive list of symptoms that may be experienced upon withdrawal from Percocet. Keep in mind that you may not experience every last symptom on this list. You should also know that the intensity and duration of symptoms will largely be based on the individual.

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