Two of the most frequently misused drugs are Percocet and Valium. Both are considered to be narcotics due to the way they work on the body’s central nervous system. As a result, there is a high potential to abuse either drug.
The narcotic components of each (oxycodone or hydrocodone) are strong prescription opioid pain relievers that work similar to fentanyl, morphine and methadone. These narcotics are prescribed for pain management which is considered to be moderate or severe and needs to be taken over a long period of time. They are also prescribed to individuals when other pain medications have not worked. The acetaminophen is used in both medications to help treat pain, fever and inflammation.
While both Percocet and Valium have common side effects such as sedation, dizziness, feeling lightheaded, nausea and vomiting, the differences in their stronger and more adverse side effects are notable.
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- respiratory depression
- apnea (breathing stops)
- respiratory failure
- circulatory depression
- decreased inhibitions
- increased risk-taking behavior
- suicidal thoughts
- thoughts of self-harm
- shallow breathing (feel need to pass out)
- muscle twitch or tremor
- loss of bladder control
- little or no urination
Addiction to opioids is treatable, though it can be a long process. It is suggested that people struggling with opioid addiction seek out medical and mental health professionals to assist them in their treatment and recovery.