Shooting Percocet: Dangers and Side Effects

Percocet is an addictive drug that’s controlled and available only by prescription. When doctors prescribe it, it’s for the treatment of pain ranging from moderate to severe, and there are strict guidelines surrounding not only why it’s prescribed but also how. A doctor will provide a patient with a set of instructions as to how to take the Percocet, such as only taking one tablet every six hours. These instructions are important from a number of different perspectives.

First, you should only take the amount of Percocet directed by your doctor because it can help prevent overdose and dangerous side effects. Percocet contains oxycodone, which is an opioid. Opioids depress your central nervous system, which includes your respiratory system and your heart rate. If you take too much of any opioid including oxycodone, it can lead to severe respiratory depression, overdose, coma or death.

Shooting Percocet: Dangers and Side Effects
The risks associated with Percocet are just one reason you should only take it as instructed.

There’s also the risk of addiction and dependence. This drug is frequently abused, and one of the ways to reduce the chances of becoming addicted or dependent is to follow your doctor’s instructions exactly. You still may become addicted, but the risk is lower.

Unfortunately, many people abuse Percocet along with other opioids, which is why we’re in the midst of an opioid epidemic in the U.S. right now.

Percocet abuse can take many forms. When you take a higher dosage of Percocet or take it more often than directed, that is inherently considered abuse. People also abuse it when they purchase or use it illicitly without a prescription. Another way it’s abused occurs when it’s taken any other way besides being orally swallowed. Two of the most common forms of abuse include crushing up the tablets and snorting them and shooting Percocet, which means injecting it.

Snorting Percocet or shooting Percocet are incredibly dangerous, and even if you’re doing it to relieve pain, it’s still considered abuse.

When someone takes an opioid like Percocet, it can create a feeling of euphoria or a general sense of well-being. This is because opioids bind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system, and that activates the brain’s reward system and triggers the release of feel-good chemicals. People may experience this feeling even when they’re taking Percocet as prescribed.

Often people who are only using Percocet as a way to get high and achieve that sense of euphoria will look for different ways to administer it because it can make for a  more powerful high.

Also, shooting Percocet or snorting it can cause it to be released into the blood stream more quickly. If you take Percocet orally as directed, it first has to be moved through your GI system, and then it can cross the blood-brain barrier, and that’s when you feel the effects. With shooting Percocet, the effects happen within a few minutes because it doesn’t have to go through the GI system first. When people opt for shooting Percocet, more of the drug also goes directly to the brain than other routes, and if someone has an extended release painkiller and they want the full impact immediately, rather than slowly, they may snort or inject it.

When you’re shooting Percocet, it leads to a higher risk of overdose and respiratory failure than what would occur with taking it normally.

In order to shoot Percocet, a person would crush up the tablets, dissolve them and then inject them with a hypodermic needle. In some cases, this can cause your bodily systems to shut down completely, and injecting Percocet can result in low blood pressure, heart failure, and death.

In general intravenous drug use also has many other health risks including not just rapid overdose, but the spread of diseases like hepatitis and HIV-AIDs. There is the risk of a heart infection called endocarditis, lung infection, blood clots, artery damage, skin infections, collapsed veins, or death of arm or leg tissues.

Also, many drugs like Percocet have additives that shouldn’t be injected directly into the vein, and they can damage everything from your cardiovascular system to the blood vessels in your brain.

It’s important to realize how many dangers are associated with shooting Percocet. It can already be a highly addictive and dangerous drug, as most opioids are, and when you’re shooting Percocet, you’re amplifying those risks even more.

Shooting Percocet: Dangers and Side Effects
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