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Does percocet and oxytocin cause addiction?

My fiancé is taking Percocet and oxytocin e, high blood pressure meds, and shots for stage 2 diabetics. He has ciatic nerve problems, and the rest. I m concerned about his addiction. The pills are all through his dr. He takes his pills as prescribed. He s afraid if he s late on taking them. He s an addict mentally. I don t know if I should spend my life with this. I love him but have big red flags. Help me!!!
Fri, 31 Mar 2017
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Hello,

I understand your concern. In situations like this, "for better or worse" sounds quite challenging and it is a personal choice whether you want to take this challenge or not. However, from a doctor's point of view, helping someone through bad health and addiction to a better quality of life can be quite satisfying and emotionally rewarding. I can only imagine that this satisfaction can be greater when the person you are taking care of is someone you care about on a deeper level.
That said, yes, it is clear you fiance has an addiction to Percocet. Anyone who takes this drug containing opioids, for more than two weeks can develop a physical addiction to this drug.
The first step towards treatment, is to get him to accept that he has a problem. Treatment involves either opiate replacement therapy, with methadone or, alternatively, a short stay in rehab for a detox followed by longer treatment.

I hope this helps.
Wishing you both good health and all the best.
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