Side Effects of Percodan Abuse
There have been growing concerns about Percodan abuse in the US and it has generated a lot of debate regarding abuse and addiction: Percodan is mainly composed of aspirin and oxycodone.
Oxycodone falls in the category of semi-synthetic narcotics and is known to be strongly addictive. Acetaminophen has recently replaced aspirin as it is known to have some life threatening effects.
Percodan abuse can be mainly attributed to the addictive properties of the drug. It is known to activate the reward mechanisms in the brain and produce feelings of euphoria. Individuals who have taken Percodan report feelings of intense relaxation. Percodan suppresses pain by binding the pain receptors found in the brain and the aspirin component complements this by inhibiting the production of prostaglandin which would have otherwise caused muscle contraction as well as dilation of the brain vessels.
Percodan abuse mainly occurs in the elderly simply because they are more prone to painful diseases such as cancer; which in turn makes them more likely to be prescribed the drug. It is easy to misconstrue the side effects as they are similar to natural changes that come with aging.
The side effects of Percodan abuse vary in intensity between different individuals.
Common side effects that come with Percodan abuse include blurred vision, drowsiness, constipation, general body weakness, vomiting, nausea, tingling of the individual’s skin, insomnia, increased sweating and red skin, loss of appetite, which would consequently lead to loss of weight and impaired or complete loss of mobility. Percodan abuse can also trigger allergic reactions such as include hives, rash, wheezing, swelling of the throat, tongue, face or lips.
If Percodan is ingested with other drugs or alcohol, the side effects of abuse are intensified, it has been reported that when mixed with another drug, less than half a Percodan pill can result in death.
High doses of Percodan may also have fatal effects making it imperative that the drug is only taken as prescribed. More serious side effects of Percodan abuse include reduced breathing; slowed heart beat and consequential low blood pressure, dizziness and intensive drowsiness.
While Percodan addiction is unpleasant, it is imperative that a user doesn’t stop taking the drug abruptly as that would cause withdrawal symptoms. Even though the withdrawal symptoms are not dangerous or fatal, they can be very unpleasant and make life very uncomfortable.
It is the fear of the withdrawal symptoms that deter addicts from seeking medical advice. The best way to withdraw is to sign into a rehabilitation center (800-303-2482) and have qualified medical practitioners monitor progress as well as offer guidance on how to deal with the Percodan withdrawal symptoms.