Percocet is a powerful opioid painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. Percocet is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, which means that it does have a potential for abuse, and is available only by prescription.
Percocet is a combination of the opioid element, which is oxycodone, and then acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in Tylenol.
People often wonder what Percocet looks like, whether or not there is yellow Percocet, and generally how to identify the drug.
That dopamine makes your pain threshold higher, rather than actually eliminating the pain, and feelings of euphoria and well-being can also accompany that feeling.
When you take Percocet, there is a potential for dependence and addiction, as with other opioids. As you take Percocet, your brain starts to feel as if it needs to continue using it in order to keep stimulating your reward system and releasing dopamine. This is why addiction can quickly develop with the use of Percocet and other opioid drugs.
- Oxycodone Hydrochloride 2.5 mg/325 mg: In the dosing for Percocet, the first number represents how much of the opioid oxycodone it contains, and the second number is the amount of acetaminophen. This is the lowest dose of Percocet.
- Oxycodone Hydrochloride 5 mg/325 mg: This is the next dose up with white or yellow Percocet. The acetaminophen is the same as the dose that’s a step below.
- Oxycodone Hydrochloride 7.5 mg/325 mg: This is one of the strongest doses of Percocet given.
- Oxycodone Hydrochloride 10 mg/325 mg: This is the highest dosage of oxycodone available in Percocet brand name prescriptions or generics.
People take Percocet to relieve moderate to severe pain, and they should never exceed the dose directed by their doctor or pharmacist. Typically the dosage for Percocet is to take one to two tablets every six hours as needed. According to medication guidelines, for 2.5 mg tablets, the usual dosage is two tablets every six hours as needed. For 5-mg tablets, the typical dosage is one tablet every six hours. People have to be careful not only because of the oxycodone in this drug, but also the acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage.
First, yellow Percocet is prevalent. Usually, the highest strength 10/325 dosage is yellow Percocet, and it is often an elliptical or oval-shaped. If the Percocet is generic, it may also be yellow. Generally, yellow Percocet is the strongest available dose, regardless of whether it’s generic or brand name. Lower doses of Percocet tend to be white and round. It may be imprinted with “Percocet” if it’s the brand name, and it may also have a number on it that represents how much oxycodone it contains.
Some brand-name Percocet pills may also be blue and round. It’s important to be aware, however, that what you think is yellow Percocet or any other type of Percocet may be something different.
For example, in Georgia, overdoses and hospital visits spiked because people had been purchasing what they thought was yellow Percocet, but it ended up being potent and dangerous counterfeit pills.
Investigators said the yellow Percocet people thought they were buying was probably not actually the prescription drug, and a public safety alert was issued. This has been fairly common in recent years, with many people thinking they’re buying oxycodone only to find out it’s something like fentanyl or other drugs, which can be deadly.
The risk for misidentified yellow Percocet and white Percocet is just one of the many reasons you should never try to use or purchase prescription pain pills illegally.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Percocet misuse, treatment centers like The Recovery Village can help. Call today to learn more about recovery from prescription medication misuse.