Percocet drug addiction can occur in three weeks or less of regular use. Percocet pills are just a prescription drug, but because of the highly addictive oxycodone medication contained within each pill, the potential for Percoset addiction is quite high, like any other pain killer opiate treatment. Percocet addiction runs in cycles of heavy use of the Percocet drug and periods of cravings, with intense narcotic withdrawal. Percocet dependency can become so strong that it can be tough to feel normal without a steady stream of Percocet pills.

Percoset is a combination of oxycodone medication and acetaminophen, or Tylenol. Oxycodone is also the main ingredient in other opiates like Oxycontin and Percodan. Oxycontin was made famous through a series of legal battles because the manufacturer may have mislead the public about how addictive Oxycontin really was. Oxycodone is very strong and addictive, so it is only prescribed in the short-term for moderate to moderate-severe pain. Percocet pills are marketed in the following ratios of oxycodone-to-acetaminophen: 2.5/325, 5/325, 7.5/325, 10/650, and 10/325.

Percoset addiction afflicts women more than men, and usually in the 12-25 age groups. Sales of oxycodone based pain killers almost doubled from 2000 to 2004, and only marijuana is abused more than oxycodone. Percocet pills and most other opiate treatments are classified in the US as a Schedule 2 drug, which means that they have a medical use, a high potential for abuse, and abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence or addiction.

The symptoms of Percocet drug addiction are many, but they can be difficult to pinpoint. Addiction to Percocet pills can be easy to hide because they are usually acquired legally, don't smell, and don't leave marks on the skin, so the damage from percoset addiction may only be visible in the very late stages.

Any opiate treatment is very serious, with a high potential for addiction and abuse. The following symptoms may indicate that you or your friend or family member may have a problem with Percocet pills: taking the drug when it is not needed, for fun, or to relax; finishing a prescription too quickly; going to multiple doctor's offices to get the desired opiate treatment; and narcotic withdrawal - flu-like symptoms, irritability, etc.

When the oxycodone medication is swallowed, the liver synthesizes it into a powerful opioid called oxymorphone. This opioid causes pyschological and physical dependence, followed by narcotic withdrawal if the oxycodone medication is stopped suddenly. Usually withdrawals are not fatal, but they can be very uncomfortable, depending on how long and intensely the opiate treatment was used.

Narcotic withdrawal begins roughly 24 hours after opiate treatment cessation, and may include excessive sweating, yawning, runny nose and eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, shivering, goose bumps, muscle aches and cramps, loss of appetite, irritability and anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and intense cravings for more percocet drug.

If you suspect that you or someone you know may have fallen victim to Percoset addiction, opiate treatment and detox at a rehab facility is necessary. It is almost impossible to overcome addiction to oxycodone medication without professional help. The Percocet drug, like all opioids, are very powerful, and overcoming them required more than strong willpower - it takes time, support, and relearning how to solve problems without Percocet pills.