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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Percodan Overview

Percodan Addiction TreatmentPercodan is a narcotic medicine used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Percodan contains a combination of aspirin and oxycodone. Aspirin belongs to a group of drugs called salicylates. It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Percodan Signs of Abuse

There are a variety of signs that can indicate Percodan abuse and addiction. Some may include:

  • "Doctor shopping" or visiting numerous doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Percodan
  • Borrowing or stealing Percodan from friends and loved ones
  • Life begins to revolve around drug
  • Evidence that Percodan is being used in anything other than its prescribed form. Sometimes users will crush their Percodan in order to feel the drug’s effects more rapidly.
  • Sweating, shaking, sensitivity to bright lights or sounds, pale skin or clammy hands, particularly as the Percodan wears off

Effects of Percodan Abuse

  • Severe stomach pain or constipation, vomiting;
  • Easy bruising, unusual bleeding, bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
  • Weak or shallow breathing, fast or slow heartbeat;
  • Confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior,
  • Feeling like you might pass out;
  • Seizure (convulsions); or
  • Decreased hearing or ringing in the ears.

Percodan Withdrawal Symptoms

Physical symptoms of Percodan withdrawal affecting the gastrointestinal tract include diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and flu-like symptoms. Central nervous system withdrawal symptoms may include weakness, restlessness, sleeplessness, tremors, yawning and sweating. Other symptoms include muscle pain, bone pain and muscle spasms.

Psychological withdrawal symptoms are just as real and vivid as the physical disturbances. Symptoms such as mood changes, agitation, anxiousness, depression, hallucination, delirium, confusion and extreme irritability are all associated with Percodan withdrawal. Psychological symptoms can last longer than the physical symptoms. In addition, these symptoms have the potential for exacerbating any underlying mental or psychological disorders.

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