Percocet is a painkiller that's part of a group of drugs known as opioids. Some opioids are derived naturally, and others are synthesized in a lab, including hydrocodone and oxycodone. Percocet is the brand name of a drug that mixes oxycodone and acetaminophen, the generic name for the medication Tylenol. Oxycodone is an opioid medication used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It is an addictive narcotic and is one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States. It is available in various formulations by itself, combined with other medications, and immediate-release and controlled-release versions. Because Percocet uses a combination of Oxycodone and Tylenol, it is commonly perceived to have lower abuse potential than drugs like Oxycontin. This leads prescribers to use it more and more people abusing the drug. Even though the Tylenol addition makes it more difficult to inject or snort, especially safely, people do so anyway. This can cause much damage to the body, especially the liver. Even when consumed orally, addiction to Percocet is very harmful for this and many other reasons.
Oxycodone medications are known by several other slang or street names, including:
- Roxy or Roxies
- Hillbilly Heroin
- 5's, 7.5's, or 10's
Other than Percocet, oxycodone is available in prescription forms, including Xartemis XR, Roxicet, Targiniq ER, Percodan, Oxycet, and OxyContin.
The History of Percocet
Oxycodone was first made in Germany in 1916 from thebaine. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Percocet in 1976. The drug was initially thought to be a safer alternative to more addictive opioids, such as morphine. This proved to be untrue. It is approximately twice as potent as morphine. The stigma associated with morphine is why some patients are reluctant to use it; however, they are comfortable using oxycodone. A systematic review of nine randomized trials compared oxycodone, morphine, and other selected opioids in recreational drug users and people with a history of opioid misuse. It was found th