Percocet is a pain medication that contains both oxycodone and acetaminophen, the same active ingredient in Tylenol. Because of the oxycodone component, long-term use of the drug may lead to the development of a tolerance to the medication. When an individual develops a tolerance to a prescription drug, they require more medication to feel its affects. You can see how this cycle of increasing the medication can easily lead to a dependence and full-fledged addiction.
Those who abuse Percocet abuse may exhibit confusion, sleepiness, light-headedness, slow breathing, constipation, sweating, headaches, vomiting or dry mouth. People who are dependent on Percocet, or any of the prescription drugs, will often seek prescriptions from several doctors (known as doctor shopping) and those who are very desperate for the drugs will look to street sources.
Unfortunately, prescription abuse happens all too often. If you have a friend or family member that you suspect is abusing a prescription medication such as Percocet, verify their prescription against the number of pills in the bottle to see if they are consuming more than the recommended dosage. If so, you may want to encourage them to seek treatment. Often, for people who are addicted to Percocet, detox alone is not enough. Residential treatment, such as what is available at Pathways to Recovery, is recommended.