Prescriptions drugs that specifically fall into the opioid category have received a vast amount of attention in recent years due to the rise in the opioid epidemic. Pain relieving drugs like Percocet and Vicodin, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin, fall into the opioid category. Patients often wonder what these drugs are made of and what compounds make them so addictive?
The importance of educating oneself regarding these drugs cannot be undermined, especially if an individual has been prescribed the medication for pain-relieving purposes. It is imperative to find out what’s in Percocet, what does Percocet do and what are the ingredients of the drug before starting regular consumption.
What is Percocet Made of?
Percocet is a prescription opiate drug that is made of two main ingredients – oxycodone and paracetamol (also referred to as acetaminophen or Tylenol). Known to be an effective painkiller, It is a Schedule II opioid drug that is prescribed by doctors for moderate to severe pain. Unfortunately, Percocet recreational use and abuse is a common issue among it’s users due to the presence of oxycodone ingredient in it.
Oxycodone is categorized as an opioid drug that is semi-synthetic, as it is chemically prepared and originates from an alkaloid that is present in opium poppy. It is known to be one of the most powerful narcotic pain-relieving drugs. That’s why Percocet is stronger than Norco, that contains hydrocodone. Oxycodone was made in Germany during the year 1917 in an attempt to improve the opioid drugs prevalent during those times. Oxycodone can be found in two forms: in combination with acetaminophen or on its own. The single-ingredient drug is made in two versions – immediate release and controlled release versions.
Oxycodone, which is an active ingredient in Percocet, can cause individuals to feel euphoric effects when taken in increased quantities. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, works by reducing pain and fever. It does not cause an individual to feel high, but it has disastrous effects on the liver.
Paracetamol(Acetaminophen): What is the Active Ingredient in Tylenol?
Like some of Percocet analogs, it also contains acetaminophen, which is a non-prescription drug. Being an active compound of over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol, Acetaminophen has a negative impact on the chemicals in the brain. As soon as it is consumed, the production of prostaglandins in the brain responsible for pain is halted. This results in a significant reduction in pain and fever. Acetaminophen itself has a different mechanism action to Percocet. An individual consuming the painkiller receives the benefits of both the ingredients.
The active ingredients in acetaminophen affect the production of prostaglandins whereas oxycodone reduces pain felt in the nervous system. Due to its narcotic properties, oxycodone produces endorphins that mask the feelings of pain. When consumed for prolonged durations, it affects the natural production of endorphins, which is why the body becomes dependent on the drug to create more of these hormones.
In essence, Percocet is made of these two active ingredients, which make it a powerful painkiller, and also they make Percocet use visible on the drug test. However, regular use elevates the risks of physical dependence on various individuals.
Is it Possible to Make Percocet at Home?
Percocet can be made at home by using the cold water extraction process. Cold Water Extraction(CWE) is commonly used to separate the desired medication such as Percocet or Tylenol from an opiate drug since opioid ingredients dissolve in water easily. Tylenol, on the other hand, does not dissolve in water and will deposit at the bottom of the container.
How to Make Percocet at Home?
To make a homemade Percocet patient should follow the next steps:
- Percocet can be extracted by taking 5 or 10 mg Percocet pills, putting them into a zip-lock bag and crushing them to form a fine powder.
- Take some cold water – about 150 mL and bring it down to a warm temperature. Make sure that the water does not become too hot, as it will destroy the opiates.
- Take the fine powder and add to the warm water.
- Stir the mixture and leave it for about 10 minutes. Then put the mixture into the freezer and allow it to remain there for about 30 minutes.
- Make sure that the lid is off before placing it into the freezer. Take a glass and filter the water using a coffee filter.
Opioid medications can have disastrous effects on the human body and can severely damage the liver. Thus Percocet cold water extraction is needed to eliminate paracetamol ingredient from a mixture to make the pills safe for regular use. In case of patients safe don’t buy Percocet from unknown sources because this drug has a high street value and often tampered. It is essential to know how to identify original Percocet pills.
Using Percocet as Prescribed
Since Percocet is made of opiate drugs such as oxycodone, individuals are at the high risk of becoming dependent on the drug with regular use. CDC reports that from the period of July 2016 through September 2017, a total of 142,557 ED visits from in 45 states were suspected opioid-involved overdoses. An overdose on Percocet can lead to severe side effects and health risks, which could also be lethal. Thus it is recommended to use Percocet as prescribed by the doctor and not for recreational purposes.
It is essential to discuss all the aspects of the drug, such as the influence of acetaminophen on a patient’s health, with the doctor to avoid any complications later on. In addition to that, make sure to avoid taking painkillers in combination with other drugs or substances. A combination such as Percocet and weed or alcohol, as this can cause severe health complications including coma and death.
To fully recover from a Percocet addiction, it is recommended to take assistance from professional rehabs. These institutes offer various programs and therapies to help the patient deal with the cause of the problem. Enrolling into an institute also reduces the risk of relapsing and boosts the chances of long-term recovery.
If you or your loved one is suffering from a Percocet addiction and would like to get more details regarding the rehabilitation process, call us on our toll-free number (888)-459-5511 to get in touch with one of our health specialists.