Percodan is a pain relief medication that is made up of two pain relief medications including aspirin and oxycodone. It is used to treat and reduce moderate to severe pain. Aspirin is a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug and works by blocking certain natural substances in the body to reduce pain and swelling. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid pain reliever drug that acts on certain parts of the brain to relieve pain. The oxycodone ingredient in this drug is the one you have to look out for as it can be addictive when taken regularly.
According to the National Institutes of Health:
Dihydrohydroxycodeinone (oxycodone, Percodan(R)) is a useful analgesic. Its addiction potential, however, is comparable to that of morphine. This fact should be considered when it is prescribed.
Percodan is a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that while the drug does have accepted medical uses, there is also a high potential for abuse and addiction.
Signs and Symptoms of Percodan Abuse
The fact that Percodan is being compared to Morphine in strength should say a lot about the addictive powers that this drug has. Morphine is up there as one of the most potent opioid medications available. Percodan is still dangerous and poses a risk even when it is taken as prescribed.
The oxycodone that is in Percodan is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs for managing pain, however, it is still an opioid that can lead to addiction and overdose. Most opioid deaths stem from taking too high of a dose, which is often what is done for those who are addicted and chasing the high it creates. This drug creates a calming effect so strong that it is often euphoric.
A person high on Percodan will exhibit certain side effects including:
- Nodding out
- Physical weakness
- Difficulty or labored breathing
- Involuntary twitching
- Stomach cramps
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Blurred vision and pinpoint pupils
Many behavioral changes also accompany drug addiction when a person becomes unable or unwilling to quit. They may start by lying about how much Percodan they are taking to downgrade just how serious their addiction is.
What Happens During Percodan Addiction
They may also lose morals and values they once had and start stealing money, items, and drugs to duel their addiction or do something that is called doctor shopping; which is a way to try and get multiple prescriptions of the same drug. They will start to distance themselves from family and friends as well as avoid any social situations. They will surely also experience financial, emotional, and physical turmoil as a result of their addiction.
Percodan addiction poses harmful physical threats for the person abusing it. Like other opioids, Percodan reduces a person’s breathing rate. This can lead to oxygen deprivation. Even if the person does not overdose, the reduced oxygen can lead to damage to the brain and other organ systems. It can also change the motility of the stomach and intestines, causing chronic constipation and bowel damage.
Overcoming Percodan Addiction at Garden State Treatment Center
Overcoming Percodan addiction is a serious matter and requires professional help to get and stay sober. If you or someone you love has been struggling with Percodan addiction, please feel free to give us a call today. We will discuss treatment options, and do our best to point you in the right direction. Now is the time to turn your life around. Let Garden State Treatment Center, help you do it. Our team of qualified professionals is available 24/7 to answer any question or concerns you may have. It is time to put the pain and misery of addiction in your past and rebuild your life into something you are proud of.