Percodan is a prescription-only medicine combining both oxycodone and aspirin. It is used to treat and manage moderate to severe pain, and due to the aspirin in its formulation can help reduce inflammation. Because Percodan contains highly addictive substances, users are highly prone to Percodan addiction and abuse.
Due to the similarity in their names, there may be some confusion about Percodan vs Percocet. While Percocet is a painkiller that consists of both oxycodone and acetaminophen, Percodan combines oxycodone with aspirin.
Percodan is prescribed in tablet form, but abusers may also crush, snort or inject the product. Doing so bypasses the slow release intended by its pill formulation, resulting in a stronger and faster “high”. This high, or sense of euphoria, along with the drug’s sense of wellbeing and painlessness, is usually what leads to Percodan addiction. However, users who abuse the drug in these ways are at risk of overdosing, which can have significant side effects, including death.
Common Street Names for Percodan
Percodan is a widely available drug, and is known by many street names as a result. Common street names include Oxy, Killer, Percs, Os, Oxycotton and Oxycoffin. Because many people do not differentiate Percocet vs Percodan, the latter may also be referred to by street names more usually used for Percocet.
Percodan is a Schedule II narcotic painkiller and is widely prescribed in clinical medicine. It is considered to have some risk for psychological and/or physiological addiction.
History and Trends in Percodan Addiction and Abuse
Oxycodone abuse has been a problem in the US since the 1960s. This is because of its potency as a painkiller, and also for its use in helping mitigate withdrawal symptoms in heroin and methadone users. The release of OxyContin in 1996 lead to an escalation in painkiller abuse problems and abuse of drugs such as Percodan, which contains oxycodone, persists. Because of the prescription nature of the drug, it is often considered a “white collar” drug, partly because of its availability, and partly because of perceptions of safety. Thus, professionals are likely to use it, and use has increased among all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Teens and youth are also at risk of developing a Percodan addiction.
Side effects of Percodan
Percodan side effects include headache, vertigo and drowsiness, gastrointestinal issues, and dry mouth. Confusion, hallucinations, seizures and hearing problems are also possible Percodan side effects. Like all opioids, Percodan may slow breathing, which can prove fatal in the case of an overdose. Use of the drug may also induce serotonin syndrome, and older users, those who are malnourished or those who are otherwise unwell are at risk.
The aspirin found in Percodan can increase the likelihood of internal bleeding in abusers, especially when heavy alcohol consumption exists alongside the drug use. Users may bruise easily, or may suffer from internal bleeding if they have an existing history of stomach or intestinal bleeding.
Percodan may combine dangerously with medications such as other opioids, antipsychotics, migraine treatments and sedatives. The oxycodone in Percodan puts users at risk of slowed breathing, and may cause users to fall into a catatonic state, putting them at risk of death.
Withdrawal symptoms of Percodan
The primary agent in Percodan is oxycodone, a type of opioid. As such, the withdrawal symptoms of Percodan are aligned with those of opioid withdrawal. These include strong cravings, headaches, muscular pain, insomnia, gastrointestinal issues, mood swings, hallucinations and an inability to concentrate. The longer and heavier the addiction, the more difficult the withdrawal period is likely to be.
Infants born to a Percodan addicted mother may suffer from life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Similarly, breast-fed infants may also possibly develop an addiction to the drug, and may potentially experience withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment for Percodan Addiction and Abuse
Percodan addiction can be difficult to treat, as because of the drug’s prescription status very often users are able to hide their addiction. However to maintain their addiction users may begin shopping for additional prescriptions, purchase quantities on the street or even begin to user harder opiates.
The ready availability of analgesics, both prescription and illicit, makes self-treatment a challenge. This is why a detox clinic can be a valuable choice when choosing to manage a Percodan addiction. A detoxification program that helps a user to manage their withdrawal systems while also minimizing the challenges of day-to-day life can allow a user to focus on breaking their addiction and get well. Such programs also incorporate personalized treatment such as counseling to help manage the underlying issues that may have facilitated the Percodan addiction in the first place.
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