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Toxins are better out than in - Part 3:  Medications important for treating Percocet addiction

Toxins are better out than in – Part 3: Medications important for treating Percocet addiction

28 August | 0 Comments | By Rachael

The opioid epidemic in the United States is a serious public health concern that has resulted in an unprecedented rise in the cases of overdose and death, thereby leaving a trail of destruction along its path. This can be further accentuated by the following figures published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 2016:

  • The leading cause of unintentional death in U.S. is drug overdose. With 52,404 overdose cases occurring in 2015, 20,101 cases were related to prescription painkillers.
  • Between 1999 and 2008, there has been a sharp increase in overdose deaths and substance use disorder (SUD), which was consistent with the increase in prescription drug misuse.
  • In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is enough to provide every American adult with his or her own bottle of pills.

Percocet, the trade name for a prescription medication that combines acetaminophen and oxycodone, is one of the most abused medications in the United States. It is primarily used for alleviating moderate to severe form of pain.

However, there has been a drastic increase in Percocet addiction due to an unprecedented increase in prescriptions for pain. It is an opioid analgesic that is similar in nature to heroin and morphine that affect the brain and the central nervous system (CNS).

Compared to other prescription medications, Percocet metabolizes at a faster rate to prevent the brain from interpreting pain by discharging neurotransmitters in various locations, such as the brain, CNS and gastrointestinal tract. The current article, talks about the medications used for assisting patients recovering from Percocet abuse.

Use of medications to treat Percocet abuse

Since oxycodone induces effects similar to morphine, the combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen makes Percocet highly addictive. Therefore, more than the recommended dose of  Percocet has the potential to cause fatal outcomes, especially when crushed and injected into the body. This is because it bypasses the time-release mechanism.

Apart from offsetting the natural chemical balance in the brain, it triggers changes in the brain that cause the user to unnaturally yearn for the effects of the drug, thereby leading him or her toward the path of addiction.

Considering the above consequences, the need for medication treatment for Percocet abuse becomes immensely necessary. Medications also help individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD) in adhering to sobriety long after the treatment to manage cravings that can persist for an unforeseen number of years.

During Percocet detoxification process, a patient may exhibit an array of withdrawal symptoms, such as diarrhea, insomnia, muscle aches, headaches, etc. which can be managed by medications along with a balanced diet and exercise. Some of the medications that are prescribed for this are:

  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Imodium-AD
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Some patients with a chronic history of abusing prescription drugs require far more intensive care to help restabilize their brain’s chemical function to the normal level. This may entail administration of medication replacement therapies to help patients from relapsing or combat harsh withdrawal symptoms. Some of the medications used to achieve this are:

  • LAMM
  • Methadone
  • Slow release morphine
  • Subutex
  • Suboxone

For individuals involved in long-term treatment programs for Percocet or other prescription drug abuse or individuals who re-enroll in drug treatment facilities may be administered aversion-based medication therapies to treat their long ongoing battle with drugs. This treatment works by inhibiting opioid receptors that interact with Percocet or other prescription drugs, which prevents the individual from experiencing the elation derived from drug misuse. Some of the medications used under this treatment are:

  • Vivitrol
  • Naltrexone
  • Naloxone

Stop drug abuse to embrace a better future

The individuals in recovery from Percocet abuse witness high rates of relapse due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Medications used in addiction treatment facilities help revert the brain to its original state, prior to drug abuse. Despite the efficacy of medications, tailor-made interventions have the capability of drawing out the best results for the patients.

If you or your loved one is suffering from prescription drug abuse, contact the Detox Facilities Texas to access the best rapid detox centers in Texas. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-671-4308 or chat online to know about the detox centers in Texas.

Read the other articles of the series “Toxins are better out than in:”

Part 1: Tips for those in recovery

Part 2: Attaining full recovery from addiction