Taking percocet daily will make your body dependent on oxycodone for its normal functions. Dependence is the root of most chemical addictions and should be considered a dangerous turning point in the abuse of opioid substances. Over a period of time however, a user may also develop tolerance to the drug. This means that he will need to take higher doses, or use more often, to feel the desired effects. Tolerance is a very slippery slope with substance abuse and leads to dangerous levels of addiction.
Percocet Tolerance Symptoms
There are two common symptoms that can indicate a developed tolerance to Percocet:
- When you take Percocet, you don’t feel any therapeutic effects, no pain relief. Similarly, if you are taking Percocet recreationally you wouldn’t feel the euphoric effects due to increased tolerance.
- Your physician has to increase dose amount or frequency in order to maintain the opioid effect of pain relief.
How Long To Develop Percocet Tolerance
Percocet tolerance is different for everyone. You can usually develop a tolerance to Percocet over the course of 2-3 weeks of continual use. If the Percocet is being used recreationally, then tolerance is likely to develop even quicker. According to Percocet labels, adults should not exceed 12 immediate-release Percocet tablet pills per day. If you are taking more than 12 tablets a day under prescription, consider that you may have a high tolerance to the drug.
Signs of Percocet Addiction
A tolerance to Percocet does not necessarily mean that addiction will follow, but it’s a good indicator of potential problems.
Signs of Percocet addiction include:
- Missing work due to not taking Percocet, because you are dependent on the drug and can’t function normally without it.
- Strained personal relationships or marital problems, due to the addiction consuming your daily life.
- Associating with a different set of friends who also have the addiction.
- Financial problems.
- Mood swings
- Withdrawal symptoms when not using Percocet.
Consequences of Percocet Addiction
There are many negative consequences of Percocet addiction. These make it important for you to seek help and change as soon as possible:
Depression of the central nervous system. In addition to the serious health complications caused by opioid use, the drug can also cause your breathing to slow and can increase your choking risk due to the fact that the drug depresses your central nervous system. This can result in coma or even death.
Using other drugs. If you are abusing Percocet, you are more likely to use other prescription medications or illegal drugs.
Engaging in risky behavior. Erratic driving and potentially dangerous personal choices can be made when you’re high. This can result in injury or worse to yourself or others.
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