Percodan, also known as oxycodone hydrochloride, is a prescription pain medication that contains a combination of both aspirin and Hydrocodone. Percodan is a Schedule II opioid narcotic drug. It is in the class of medications called narcotic analgesics. Percodan is considered to be a controlled substance because of its high abuse potential. This drug can be extremely habit forming and addictive both psychologically and physically.
Why Is Percodan Prescribed?
Percodan is a prescription medication prescribed to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe pain. Some of the medical conditions Percodan is prescribed for include:
It may also be prescribed to treat severe acute or chronic pain. A person who is suffering from cancer may be prescribed Percodan as a second line alternative medication to morphine. Percodan has been found to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers of all sorts. It works by blocking a certain natural substance in the body to reduce pain and swelling, therefore making the patient more comfortable and giving them the ability to try and function normally.
Statistics Relating To Percodan
Percodan is an opioid narcotic pain reliever used to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe pain in patients who can't find relief by any other means. Percodan is highly addictive and has the potential for psychological and physical dependence. It is classified as a controlled substance because Percodan is a commonly abused drug. The abuse potential for this drug is similar to morphine. A doctor must follow specific rules and regulations when prescribing this drug to patients.
Percodan contains two pain relievers, the narcotic oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone works to relieve pain by acting on certain chemicals in the brain that cause a person to feel pain. Aspirin is a commonly known non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. It works by blocking the natural substance in your body to reduce swelling and pain. Percodan is commonly prescribed to improve the quality of life for cancer patients who are terminally ill.
Percodan is available in extended release tablets to provide for around the clock analgesia. This means that the person will receive 24/7 pain relief with the treatment of this drug. These tablets should never be administered to a patient who is not considered opioid tolerant. The strength of Percodan may cause fatal respiratory depression when given to patients without previous opioid exposure.
How Is Percodan Abused?
Percodan is a highly abused drug amongst people who were never legitimately prescribed this drug by a doctor. Percodan abusers will take high doses of the tablet form by mouth in order to get high and achieve the euphoric affect associated with this drug. The high achieved with Percodan is similar to heroin and is commonly abused by heroin addicts as well as alcoholics and other narcotic drug abusers. Abusers will also administer this drug by crushing and snorting the pills like cocaine and injecting themselves intravenously with high doses of Percodan crushed and mixed with water.
A person who was once legitimately prescribed Percodan by their doctor for treatment of pain may become addicted to this drug because they have taken it in large amounts over a long period of time thus developing a dependence and/or tolerance to the drug. These people tried this drug, liked it, and enjoy the feeling of getting high off it. It becomes abuse once the prescribing doctor thinks it is no longer necessary for the patient to use and he or she continues to use it anyway.
Some of the side effects associated with Percodan abuse include:
- Increased Sweating
- Dry Mouth
- Loss of Appetite
- Upset Stomach
These side effects are common but should be reported to a medical physician if they keep occurring. More serious side effects of this medication should be treated immediately by a doctor or an emergency visit to the hospital, these include:
- Slow or Shallow Breathing
- Slow, Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
- Mental or Mood Changes (such as Depression and Hallucinations)
- Difficult or Painful Urination
- Ringing in the ears
- Decreased Hearing
- Vision Changes
- Easy Bruising or Bleeding
Percodan Abuse Treatment Options
An addiction to Percodan must be taken seriously and treated at a drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation therapy facility. The addiction to Percodan is similar to that of a heroin addict so when this drug is abruptly stopped the abuser will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms of withdrawal should only be treated by a medically supervised detoxification at a rehab center. There they may need to administer prescription medications to help alleviate these withdrawal symptoms. Also rehabilitation at a behavioral health facility will provide the therapy and counseling that is detrimental for a patients safe and healthy recovery.