The first days of Percocet detox are usually the hardest. Withdrawal symptoms are going to be uncomfortable and there’s a good chance that if you’re not mentally prepared, you’ll give in to doing Percocet rather than finishing your detox, especially if you try to detox at home.
To have the best chances for success, medical supervision and the assistance of trained professionals is essential. In a medical detox program, opioid use is gradually tapered off to avoid withdrawal symptoms, prescription detox medications are used to help ease symptoms of withdrawal, and individual and group counsel can assist with the psychological symptoms you may experience.
Percocet is an opioid painkiller. Physical dependence is not uncommon and can result in a withdrawal syndrome when Percocet use is discontinued. Abruptly stopping the use of opioids is not recommended. Symptoms may include: restlessness, excessive tearing, runny nose, yawning, sweating, chills, muscle pain, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Psychological symptoms may include feelings of irritability, and anxiety. Pain is also common, including pain in your muscles, back, and joints. Sleep disturbance is also common. Keep an eye on increased blood pressure, respiratory rate or heart rate, as these could be serious signs that something is wrong.
Percocet Withdrawal Timeline
Your experience with Percocet withdrawal will vary depending on how long you’ve been using Percocet, as well as the dosage. The following timeline will provide you with a general idea of what the detox process will look like.
Day 1-3: Percocet has a half-life of 4 hours for a single dose, so symptoms of withdrawal will likely peak in severity and intensity in the first day. For many, the physical feelings of pain, accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea can make detox almost impossible if you’re trying to do it on your own. Getting through these in the first few days without falling back on Percocet use is the key to successful detox.
Day 4-7: Your first week of detox will have you experiencing a range of physical symptoms. Acute withdrawal symptoms include cramping, chills, and insomnia. At this stage, you may also experience cravings for Percocet, which you must learn how to cope with in order to experience long-term success. This is where counseling helps.
Week 2: After 7 days of detox, you should be ready to enter a drug rehab program. Although you may still experience physical pain, as well as feeling tired and needing more sleep, this is the stage in which emotional issues like depression and anxiety start to become real issues. Again, counseling and group therapy are needed to deal with these.
Week 3-4: Chronic users may experience prolonged withdrawal into weeks 3 and 4. Symptoms may continue to linger well beyond the first month. Be prepared for some hard work ahead. This is where it really helps to have professionals assisting you.
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