Percodan contains 4.8355mg of oxycodone and 325mg aspirin and is prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.
The oxycodone content is an opioid narcotic pain reliever that enhances the effects of the aspirin, but, has the potential to be habit forming and cause addiction.
What Is Percodan?
Percodan has a short half-life and is normally prescribed to be taken every 4-6 hours or as needed for breakthrough pain in chronic pain conditions. These types of opiate drugs are often taken in higher doses or more frequently, especially after tolerance and dependence has developed and sadly, many people have become addicted to Percodan, unwittingly.
Percodan use has been on the decline and more favorable medications such as Percocet containing oxycodone and acetaminophen are being prescribed because aspirin reduces blood clotting, increases blood pressure, complicates certain health conditions, and interacts with many modern medications.
Percodan abuse can lead to serious physical and mental health complications, including addiction and overdose. Symptoms of most concern when using Percodan include:
- Ringing or bussing in the ears due to elevated blood pressure.
- Confusion or decreased awareness
- Excessive drowsiness or lethargy
- High fever or body temperature
- Irregular heartbeat or heart rate
- Irregular breathing
- Hearing loss
- Unusual bleeding
- Hives or allergic reactions such as swelling of face, neck, or throat.
- Increased restlessness, agitation, aggression, anxiety, depression, or insomnia.
In addition to its pain relieving effects, Percodan produces a relaxed and calming effect and in higher dosages, euphoria. The repeat of the physiological changes that take place in the person's brain is the leading cause of addiction.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person's self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs." With increased use, Percodan becomes a primary source for senses of wellbeing and when use is discontinued, the person experiences cravings and flu-like symptoms known as withdrawals.
Signs of Percodan Addiction
Percodan addiction is a complex disease that has different affects in everyone, but, the most common telltale signs of Percodan addiction include:
- Uncontrollable urges to use Percodan.
- Compulsive use despite harmful consequences to self or others.
- Unsuccessful attempts to quit.
- Daily cycles of elevated and depressed moods.
- Physical dependence – needing to take Percodan to function or avoid withdrawals.
- Psychological dependence – Needing to use Percodan to relieve anxiety, depression, or other emotions and experiencing unwanted psychological symptoms when not using.
- Loss of interest or motivation in normal things or withdrawal from others.
- Behavioral changes that are unusual, distressful, or revolve around Percodan use such as lying, stealing, or fraudulently obtaining Percodan.
- Fear of running out or anxious toward next dose.