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There is essentially very little difference between Percocet and oxycodone. Here is why:
According to the book Opiate Receptors, Neurotransmitters, and Drug Dependence: Basic Science-Clinical Correlates, the effects associated with oxycodone use can consist of the following:
The FDA also reports that common side effects associated with acetaminophen include:
Symptoms of acetaminophen overdose include:
Anyone who suspects that they or someone they know has overdosed on Percocet or any other drug should call 911 immediately.
An individual who abuses either Percocet or oxycodone and suffers significant impairment, distress, or dysfunction as a result of this abuse would be diagnosed with an opiate use disorder. This diagnosis is one of many different types of substance use disorders and represents a formal mental health disorder that encompasses both the notions of substance abuse and addiction.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, signs of an opiate use disorder consist of:
Only trained and licensed mental health professionals can formally diagnose a substance use disorder or an opiate use disorder in anyone. Any person who suspects that they, or someone they know, have an opiate use disorder should discuss the situation with a mental health professional who is trained in addictive behaviors.
Individuals who have substance use disorders do not experience what is often referred to as “spontaneous remission.” In other words, these disorders do not just go away on their own without some form of intervention. Individuals with opiate use disorders as a result of Percocet or oxycodone abuse require targeted interventions and professional treatment and care as well as support from family and friends. Treatment should not be limited to an inpatient rehabilitation stay, but should consist of long-term substance use disorder therapy, support group participation, and continuing participation in aftercare programs.
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