Addiction A-Z


Oxycodone and acetaminophen combine together in the brand name drug Endocet. This medication is often used to treat severe pain. The oxycodone in the medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, while the acetaminophen is used to intensify the effects of the oxycodone to create an overall potent effect.

A Schedule II drug, Endocet is highly addictive and can impact a user both physically and psychologically. As a result, it is critical that the prescribed administration of Endocet be closely monitored by a physician. The consequences for taking Endocet for recreational purposes can be significant.

Endocet works by blocking pain receptors in the brain and as a result, can create a feeling of euphoria for the user. The individual is likely to continue to try and chase this feeling and may continue to seek Endocet, even if a medical reason no longer exists. Abuse of Endocet easily develops from that point.

When an individual stops taking Endocet after a long period of use, the withdrawal symptoms can put an immense amount of strain on the body. As a result, it can cause the individual severe pain and psychological distress in the process. Symptoms have been known to occur as soon as 6-8 hours after the most recent dose.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with cessation of Endocet can include, but are not limited to:

  • gastrointestinal distress
  • anxiety
  • nausea
  • insomnia
  • muscle pain
  • fevers
  • sweating
  • runny nose and eyes

The continued use of Endocet can lead to dependence, tolerance and addiction. Cessation should only be done under the care of a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist to avoid significant damage to the body or even death. Endocet can do a significant amount of damage to the body and both physical and psychological dependence develops along with the addiction.

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