The decision to stop abusing prescription painkillers like Percocet is not one that most people take lightly. They know it’s the right thing to do to put an end to their personal suffering. What they also probably know from experience is it’s not an easy thing to do. It’s made more difficult by the fact they will have to endure a period of time when they will be dealing with withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms related to opiate abuse are well-documented because of the prevalence of opiate abuse in US society today. Anyone who has a significant addiction to Percocet or any other prescription painkiller is likely going to face the worst of the withdrawal symptoms that opiate abuse has to offer. Check out this list of opiate withdrawal symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing normally
- Problems with high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate
- Inability to control body function
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bad nightmares and hallucinations
- Convulsions and tremors in the extremities
- Severe muscle cramping in the stomach
- Psychological issues like depression and suicidal ideology
Clearly, the likelihood of facing these kinds of issues should be cause for concern. Unfortunately, going through withdrawal is the price one has to pay for their addiction. We can certainly sympathize with the people who have to face these issues because addictions are diseases.
Fortunately, a good detox program will help any client deal with their withdrawal in the safest way possible. While under the care of medical professionals, a rehab client is given time to deal with withdrawal and any residual cravings they may have for their darling Percocet. Should the client become besieged by pain or sleeping issues, a medical professional always has the option to intervene with the appropriate relief medications. The goal is simple: keep the client as safe as possible until they clear their withdrawal symptoms.
The Percocet Withdrawal Timeline
Before delving into the specifics related to the Percocet withdrawal timeline, it’s important to note there are several criteria that will affect the intensity and length of an individual’s withdrawal. These criteria include:
- The time-length of the individual’s addiction
- The frequency of Percocet abuse
- The amount of Percocet taken per dose
- The individual’s personal metabolism
Taking this criterion into consideration, here’s what experts would consider being a generalized idea of the typical Percocet withdrawal timeline.
The onset of Percocet withdrawal will usually start within six hours of the drug user’s last full dose. This is when the individual is likely to encounter flu-like symptoms, including a runny nose and nausea. As they progress through the first couple of days, there will be an escalation of nausea, plus some cramping in the muscles, particularly in the stomach region. Profuse sweating and an increase in blood pressure and heart rate are likely.
This is when things start getting really tough. The individual will continue having issues with muscle cramping and circulatory issues. They could also start having difficulty breathing. Sleeping becomes a real challenge as the mind and body go into protest over being denied the substance they crave. The individual’s sleep will likely get interrupted by nightmares and hallucinations while the body experiences tremors and convulsions. These are the days that will offer the biggest challenges to survival.
Days 6, 7 and Beyond
By day six, the individual will start feeling a little better as the acute withdrawal symptoms dissipate. However, there will be residual issues popping up over the next few days. The nightmares might continue, and the individual might continue having difficulty with their sleep patterns. Generally, the individual can expect to feel uncomfortable in their own skin over the next few days. With the mind and body no longer distracted by the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, cravings will likely come calling over the next week. If the individual can get past these cravings, they should begin feeling better every day. Residual symptoms could occur for the next few weeks but usually nothing too problematic. If you are ready to get help for your Percocet addiction, we offer a word of caution. Don’t go through withdrawal without help. That’s something we can help you with prior to helping you arrest your addiction. For more information about the services we can offer you, you can call us at 877-027-9048.