Percodan’s key ingredient is oxycodone, the highly addictive narcotic that is also in the prescription drugs OxyContin and Percocet. However, Percodan also contains aspirin, and it may be sold under the name of Endodan. Recognized as a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States, Percodan has the potential for both psychological and physiological dependence and is thus often seen in patients who are admitted to drug treatment centers. Street names for Percodan include Oxy, Killer, Percs, O’s, Oxycotton and Oxycoffin.
What is Percodan Prescribed to Treat?
Percodan can be highly effective when it comes to the treatment of moderate or severe pain, so it is often prescribed to cancer patients, people who are suffering from severe injuries, or those who are healing after extensive surgery.
How do People Abuse Percodan?
Percodan can be swallowed in its tablet form, but when used recreationally it will often be chewed, snorted or injected so that it produces a more intense feeling of euphoria at a faster rate. Users who chew, snort or inject Percodan are at a higher risk of dying from an accidental overdose.
What Happens to the Mind and Body after Percodan?
Oxycodone (the key ingredient in Percodan) works in a similar way to morphine. By stimulating the central nervous system?s opioid receptors, it decreases pain and pain sensitivity while producing a euphoric high in the user. However, negative side effects can occur, including fainting or dizziness due to a drop in blood pressure, poor coordination and motor control, slurred speech, sweating and confusion. In addition, the aspirin component of Percodan can cause gastric problems, increased bruising and a risk of excessive bleeding.
Once the pleasant feelings associated with Percodan begin to wear off, users typically feel depressed and tired.
What are the Facts about Percodan Addiction?
It is extremely easy to become hooked on Percodan because the key ingredient (oxycodone) is highly addictive. People who take Percodan can become dependent in a matter of weeks, requiring a higher intake of the drug in order to experience the feelings of euphoria and relaxation that make the drug see, so pleasant at first. Further, the withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping Percodan can be so difficult to endure that even users who are aware they have a substance abuse problem can find it impossible to stop using the drug outside of the context of a drug treatment center.
Why is Percodan Abuse Dangerous?
Firstly, there are some significant concerns associated with the aspirin component of Percodan. Since it is an anti-inflammatory drug, it increases prothrombin time, which means that it stops the blood from clotting as effectively. As a result of this change, excessive bleeding can result during or after surgery, or if the user is involved in a serious accident.
Secondly, the oxycodone in Percodan presents a host of dangers. Those who abuse Percodan often end up with broken or damaged relationships and career difficulties, as oxycodone reduces their motivation levels and makes them appear to be living in a world of their own. Mental health also suffers, as Percodan can create symptoms similar to those experienced by paranoid schizophrenics (such as frightening delusions). In some cases, Percodan abuse can even be fatal. Overdosing on the drug causes slow and shallow breathing, coma, and may eventually result in the user?s death.
What Treatment is Available for Percodan Users?
No one should try to go through Percodan withdrawal alone. The success rate is low, and withdrawal can be fatal if not administered as part of inpatient medical detox. The most common withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, panic attacks, sleep problems, muscle pains and fever. At White Sands alcohol and drug treatment center, we have extensive experience in managing these uncomfortable symptoms and in providing highly effective therapy that can help to prevent future relapses.
Do you need treatment for Percodan addiction? Call us now on 877-855-3470 to learn more about why White Sands is the ideal place for treatment and rehabilitation.