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Yellow Percocet

Yellow Percocet Counterfeit Risks and Addiction Treatment Options

What is Percocet?

Percocet contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication [1]. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. Opioids such as Percocet activate the brain’s reward center. It is considered a psychoactive drug. So a person can develop Percocet addiction due to the euphoric side effects of this prescription medication. A person who does not receive effective care for an addiction to these pain pills can suffer many adverse side effects and consequences.

Percocet, also known as “White Collar Heroin,” is a controlled substance. It is classified by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II substance which means it has a high potential for abuse and addiction, but it still has some accepted medical uses [2]. In large dosages, someone who abuses Percocet feels a similar euphoria or “high” as those who abuse heroin, which is why Percocet is so addicting.

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Fake yellow Percocet overdose is a very dangerous condition that can result in permanent physical and mental damage and even death, 

If it’s taken largely for long periods of time, the body and brain can grow dependent on this drug. As a result, when a person stops taking the drug, the body needs time to recover. This causes withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from Percocet can happen any time long-term use is stopped or cut back. It can be hard living with Percocet addiction. Coping with such an addiction can be life-consuming. Also, those who are addicted can lose themselves to constantly seeking their drug, “doctor shopping,” and living in fear.

Percocet Dosages

Percocet, an oral tablet, is a medication that should be taken as prescribed, and its use should be monitored by a physician. Percocet is not intended for use by children. As a pain medication, the optimal Percocet dosage is one where the symptoms being treated are relieved with as few side effects as possible.

Percocet dosages are identified with two numbers that are expressed in the following format: oxycodone/acetaminophen. If a person were being treated with a dosage listed as 5/360 mg, the numbers signify that the dosage is 5 mg oxycodone in conjunction with 360 mg of acetaminophen.

Initial dosages often start out small and are increased as necessary, if the pain is not being managed or if tolerance develops. Many physicians start the dosage at 2.5/325 mg, to be taken every 4-6 hours for those with average body weight; larger patients may begin their treatment at 5/325mg every 4-6 hours. If tolerance develops or pain is still present the prescription can be increased.

As Percocet is meant to treat acute pain immediately, it does not come in time-release or extended-release options. If a dosage is missed, it should be taken when the missed dosage is discovered. Once the new dosage is ingested, patients should begin counting the 4-6 hours from that point. In the case where it is time to take the medication but no pain is present, patients can choose to wait until the pain returns as Percocet is considered to be an “as needed” drug.

What Does a Percocet Pill Look Like?

Percocet comes in many variations, so there’s no one obvious answer on how to identify it. That largely depends on Percocet dosage and the manufacturer.

What color is Percocet? The drug comes in a pastel Easter parade of hues: there are round, white pills; round blue pills; and pink and peach ovals, among many other options.

The ones printed Percocet with a number are easily identifiable, So are ones scored with a number such as 5/325 or 10/325. Others can take a bit more detective work like the white round pills marked Watson 932.

Fake Yellow Percocet

Many counterfeit pills are made to look like prescription opioids – such as oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and alprazolam (Xanax); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall) – but contain fentanyl or methamphetamine. Criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills to deceive the American public.

Counterfeit pills are more lethal than ever before. DEA lab testing reveals that 2 out of every 5 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose. The only safe medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional and dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.

Fake yellow Percocet is cheap to make and distribute, which contributes to the problem of them being so readily available on the drug market. Counterfeit Yellow Percocet is often laced with other addictive and deadly drugs, such as fentanyl or heroin. However, fake “Percs” usually look just like real Percocet on the drug market. But these fake pills do more than just cause addiction—they lead to fatal overdoses.

Yellow Percocet Counterfeit Risks

Taking fake Percocet can be extremely dangerous. In 2017, the Georgia North-Central Health District emergency department reported six opioid overdoses and one death. The patients experienced a loss of consciousness and respiratory depression. According to the report, two of the patients were believed to have taken one tablet of Percocet bought from the streets without a prescription.

Many illegal drug manufacturers selling fake yellow Percocet often get away with selling them. Some manufacturers will give the excuse that it is a generic version when in reality, the drug does not even contain oxycodone hydrochloride. Instead, these fake drugs contain harmful ingredients that could lead to dangerous consequences. What is scarier, however, is that many fake drugs now resemble the real thing. This can confuse consumers thinking that they are taking the actual drug.

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Fake yellow Percocet can cause people to lose consciousness and experience severe respiratory failure

Percocet Addiction

Percocet acts on opioid receptors, which are found in the brain, spinal cord (CNS), gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and other organs. When the drug attaches to these receptors, it reduces the perception of pain. But it can also result in a sense of well-being, in addition to producing nausea, drowsiness, mental confusion, and constipation. The feelings of pleasure and well-being happen because the drugs affect regions of the brain involved in reward.

Individuals may seek to enhance the drug’s pleasurable effects by using the drug for longer than prescribed, taking more Percocet than prescribed, or using it in non-prescribed ways, such as crushing the pills and then snorting or injecting the powder. All of these methods of administration increase the risk of Percocet addiction.

Over time, users need more and more of the drug to achieve the same pleasurable effects once achieved at much lower doses (also known as tolerance). Incremental dosage increases place users at risk of psychological and physiological dependence. Users may begin to spend increasing amounts of time obtaining the drug, using it, and recovering from its effects. They may continue to use despite negative consequences to their health, relationships, or finances.

How to Beat Percocet Addiction

If you take Percocet exactly as directed, you’re reducing your chances of becoming addicted. If you start to take it more often than prescribed or take larger doses, however, then you are upping your chances of being addicted to Percocet. Also, if you’re taking it just to achieve certain feelings, you are abusing it. Percocet is very addictive. You can reduce your risk of becoming addicted to Percocet by following your doctor’s instructions exactly, but there is still a risk of tolerance and physical dependence.

Percocet Addiction Symptoms

Percocet abuse can easily stem from prescription use that leads to the development of tolerance, and dependence and, ultimately gives rise to a tenacious addiction. Even those who are written a legitimate prescription can quickly develop a tolerance that leads to problematic misuse and, before long, demonstrates the signs of a substance use disorder.

A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more of the prescription than directed by a physician. If someone you love has a prescription but is taking the pills more frequently than seems normal or is taking the drug in excessive doses, he or she may have a problem.

Taking Percocet in an alternate method is another warning sign. For example, if the Percocet is prescribed as a tablet, but the user has begun crushing, chewing, snorting, or injecting the medication, this is a red flag.

One way to spot Percocet abuse is by detecting some of the side effects manifesting in those using the drug. Some of the most common side effects of Percocet use include:

  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Light-headedness
  • Slow breathing
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Tiny pupils
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Fake Yellow Percocet could include just about any substance out there. 

Percocet Addiction Treatment

First and foremost, if you think that a loved one is abusing yellow Percocet, you should first research the drug and addiction associated with it so that you can better understand what your loved one needs. Next, you must plan an intervention to provide your loved ones with options to battle their addiction in a safe and supportive environment. During this intervention, make sure that you offer compassion and support instead of judgment. Lastly, offer your support throughout the entire treatment process.

In addition, prolonged Percocet use can have severe physical and psychological effects, so it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. Inpatient drug rehab offers intensive care that can help you get through the early stages of withdrawal promptly. 

Medically-Assisted Detox

Detox is often considered the first stage of treatment. It will help you navigate the complicated process of withdrawal, but it doesn’t address patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to drug use. Various treatment approaches and settings can help provide the ongoing support necessary to maintain long-term sobriety after you complete detox.

Cravings are very common during detox and can be challenging to overcome. This often leads to relapse. Constant medical care provided during inpatient treatment helps prevent relapse. Clinicians can provide necessary medication and medical expertise to lessen cravings and the effects of withdrawals.

Psychotherapy 

Several different modalities of psychotherapy have been used in the treatment of mental health disorders along with addiction, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – is an effective treatment that involves making changes in both the patterns of negative thoughts and the behavioral routines which are affecting the daily life of the depressed person for various forms of depression.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – is a comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment program whose ultimate goal is to aid patients in their efforts to build a life worth living. The main goal of DBT is to help a person develop what is referred to as a “clear mind.” 
  • Person-Centered Therapy – is a strategy that allows and encourages clients to understand and resolve their concerns in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Solution Focused Therapy – is an approach interested in solutions that can be quickly implemented with a simple first step leading to further positive consequences.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Drug abuse and mental health disorders often co-occur. In many cases, traumatic experiences can result in a mental health disorder and substance abuse. Dual diagnosis rehabilitation treats both of these issues together. The best approach for the treatment of dual diagnosis is an integrated system. In this strategy, both the substance abuse problem and the mental disorder are treated simultaneously. Regardless of which diagnosis (mental health or substance abuse problem) came first, long-term recovery will depend largely on the treatment for both disorders done by the same team or provider.

Medication-Assisted Treatments

Medication-Assisted Treatments (MAT) for substance use disorders and mental health disorders are commonly used in conjunction with one another. This includes the use of medications and other medical procedures. During your rehab, the staff from your treatment facility will help you identify what caused your addiction and teach you skills that will help you change your behavior patterns and challenge the negative thoughts that led to your addiction. Sometimes, the pressures and problems in your life lead you to rely on substances to help you forget about them momentarily.

Please, do not try to detox on your own. The detox process can be painful and difficult without medical assistance. However, getting through the detox process is crucial for continued treatment. We Level Up provide proper care with round-the-clock medical staff to medically assist your recovery. So, reclaim your life, and call us to speak with one of our treatment specialists. Our counselors know what you are going through and will answer any of your questions.

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No matter what, when dealing with addiction problems, the care and supervision of a medical professional are necessary.
Sources:

[1] NIH – https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682132.html

[2] DEA – https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/

[3] FDA – https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pmtf-final-report-2019-05-23.pdf