Percodan is a pain reliever that combines aspirin and oxycodone. The aspirin works to relieve pain by reducing the substances within the body that cause pain. It is a member of the group of drugs referred to as salicylates. Oxycodone works by stopping or slowing down the signals to the brain that reflect pain. It is an opiate and is considered to be a narcotic pain reliever. As with many opiates, Percodan can be addictive to those who use it on a long-term basis. To get help with Percodan addiction treatment, contact our confidential professionals 24/7 at our helpline by dialing .
Percodan can be extremely helpful for many people in managing pain that is moderate to severe. As the body builds up a tolerance for the drug, it may become less effective, causing a feeling that you need to take more of the drug to get the same results you once experienced. This is an easy way to slip into an overdose.
An overdose is when you take more of the drug than is prescribed or is recommended. There were 36,450 deaths in the United States in 2008 caused by drug overdose, according to CDC. Overdose of Percodan can have severe physical effects on your body, particularly due to the incorporated aspirin. Some of the possible overdose symptoms are as follows:
- Blood in stools or vomit
- Hallucinations and confusion
- Unusually easy bruising or bleeding
- Faintness and lightheadedness
- Extreme drowsiness
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Extreme change in heart rate, either faster or slower
- Difficulty urinating
Individuals who are experiencing any of these symptoms should seek medical assistance immediately, as there is the potential for permanent damage or even death. Before entering into a Percodan addiction treatment program, you will need to be stabilized from an overdose and in a physically safe condition to start the process.
As part of Percodan rehab, you will likely go through a detox program to rid your body of the drug. This usually consists of being monitored by medical professionals while going through withdrawal so they can assist with the management of your symptoms. For some people, this will include the administration of medication to reduce the symptoms. Individuals who abuse Percodan typically become both physically and psychologically addicted to the drug. This means that even after the Percodan detox, there will be work to do to break your mental addiction to Percodan.
When stopping the use of Percodan, most people will have withdrawal symptoms as the drug leaves their system. Some of the symptoms may include:
- Body aches
- Flu-like symptoms
- Good bumps
- Mood swings
- Severe sweating
- Respiratory difficulty
Your Percodan addiction treatment begins with getting help coping with these symptoms. Contact our helpline 24/7 at to find the right Percodan detox program for you.
There are many options for Percodan rehab programs, due in part to the 8.7 percent of Americans 12 and older who were reported to abuse prescription drugs in 2009, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. There are both publicly funded programs and private programs available to help you conquer your Percodan addiction. Private programs are more likely to have such things as private rooms, meditation, yoga and other personal amenities than publicly funded programs. Most programs will include group therapy, individual therapy or family therapy in some combination as a part of your Percodan addiction treatment plan.
It is important for the program administrators to determine the basis of the individual’s drug addiction in order to help find coping mechanisms. The treatment will include teaching you tools to help you when you are faced with difficulty after leaving the program. This may consist of support systems you can go to for help as well as personal management skills to use when faced with triggers.
- Individuals who have asthma, kidney disease, or liver disease, have had a brain tumor or head injury, have epilepsy or seizure disorders of any kind, have a curved spin, pancreas disorder or a history of mental illness should not take Percodan without discussing this information with their physician.
- The use of Percodan in elderly individuals could cause serious bleeding issues due to the aspirin content in the drug.
- Percodan should never be chewed to activate it faster. This could cause an overdose of both the oxycodone and the aspirin that make up the drug.
- Percodan easily triggers the brain’s reward mechanism, making it highly addictive both physically and psychologically. Getting help is likely necessary to stop using Percodan. Contact our helpline 24/7 at for a confidential discussion of your options.