There have been growing concerns about Percodan abuse in the US. The increase in abuse is due to the widespread availability and low cost of the drug.
One thing that must be remembered when dealing with the abuse of prescription drugs is that the abuser may not be doing it deliberately or even be aware of the addiction as it sets in very slowly and innocently.
Aspirin and Oxycodone are the active ingredients in Percodan. Aspirin is used as pain relief and for the treatment of coughs. Oxycodone is the stronger component and falls in the class of semi-synthetic narcotics which incorporate the properties of strong analgesics. Oxycodone is highly addictive and only differs from opium and heroin in duration and structure.
Percodan is supposed to be taken orally, however, there are people who chose to crush it, dissolve the powder in a liquid preferably water and then inject it like heroin. Whichever way the drug is ingested, addiction to Percodan will occur if it isn’t used as prescribed by the doctor.
Addiction will occur at varying rates with different people as Percodan activates the reward mechanism of the brain as well as chemically changing its normal function and results in addiction. The person will also experience a reduced level of consciousness and a lack of awareness of their surroundings. After taking the drug for an extended period of time, a physical dependency will also result.
Continued use means that the drug will not bring about the same euphoric feelings that it did initially and therefore leads to the individual increasing the dosage. Eventually an individual may end up overdosing which doesn’t only have dire effects on physical health but could also lead to death. This underlines the importance of sticking to the doctor’s prescriptions and instructions at all times.
Just as different people will become addicted at different rates; the intensity of Percodan’s side effects will also vary. These include drug tolerance, sedation, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, constipation, light-headedness, and accidental injury. The drug will also result in the physical impairment of the individual.
An overdose however will have even more dire consequences such as stupor, coma, respiratory depression, hypertension, cardiac arrest, circulatory collapse as well as flaccidity of the skeletal muscles. Serious Percodan abuse could lead to death but all the side effects are serious and medical attention should be sought as soon as they are noticed.
Giving the drug up will be hard, especially if somebody tries to do it without any professional help. Signing into a rehabilitation center (800-303-2482) would be preferable so that qualified medical practitioners can monitor progress and help to manage the withdrawal symptoms.