What Is Percodan?
Percodan has attracted a lot of debate recently for both the right as well as the wrong reasons. This drug is a narcotic and is used in the treatment of pain as well as to relieve fever.
Percodan is mainly composed of two drugs namely aspirin and oxycodone. Aspirin is non-narcotic and is used in pain management as well as to suppress coughs. Aspirin also hinders the production of prostaglandins which also assists in pain suppression.
Oxycodone however is an opiate and also used to relieve pain, however it also known to have unpleasant side effects. Percodan relieves pain by binding the brain’s pain receptors which in turn reduces the sensations of pain.
It is important to acknowledge that Percodan is highly addictive and an individual will become physically dependent on it almost as soon as an individual has started to take the drug. This means that the user will find it difficult to not ingest Percodan for any length of time. Although physical dependency should not be misconstrued as abuse, Percodan abuse starts by developing a physical dependency which will subsequently lead to a chemical tolerance and eventually an addiction.
Common side effects of Percodan abuse include light-headedness, vomiting, nausea, stomach upsets, decreased urination, bloody stools, muscle spasms, chills, fever, hoarseness, chronic sore throat, heartburn and trouble swallowing.
Alongside its physical dependence on Percodan, the body will also develop a chemical tolerance. This is due to the user becoming stuck in a negative cycle of needing more and taking more in order to experience the euphoric feeling that used to be provided by lower doses of the drug.
Percodan should only ever be ingested according to the instructions on a prescription and any alteration to the dosage should only be made by a doctor. The drug should never be used by people who are allergic to either component of the drug. Furthermore, individuals suffering from asthma, nasal swellings, stomach problems or blockages of the bowel should keep away from the drug.
Teenagers and children with viral infections should not take Percodan as aspirin can trigger a severe and sometimes fatal disorder known as Reye’s syndrome. Children with chickenpox and flu should also keep away from the drug.
It is not wise for users to stop taking Percodan abruptly as this could lead to a number of withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms do not pose any significant threat to the life of the user, they can be very unpleasant and uncomfortable they include drowsiness, dizziness, irritability, sweating, constipation, light-headedness and even insomnia.
Further, more serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures may also be experienced and therefore users are advised to get assistance from a rehabilitation center (800-303-2482) with professionals who specialize in opiate addiction and who could advise on the best way to stop using the drug and how to avoid relapse to it.