Hepatitis and Percodan Abuse

Hepatitis and Percodan AbuseHepatitis and Percodan is a painkiller that combines two active ingredients. One is hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller many people abuse for its euphoric effects. The second is aspirin, a common remedy for pain and inflammation. Although Percodan is generally safe to use as prescribed by a doctor, abusing it can cause or aggravate existing problems with hepatitis.

Drugs and Hepatitis

However a drug affects the body, it must get past the liver to do it. The liver breaks down some drugs into simpler chemicals as it filters out toxins, so the way a drug works eventually occurs in the liver. Although it is the largest internal organ, the liver’s capacity is limited. This means that drugs can introduce more chemicals into the body than the liver can handle. Over time, high doses of some drugs can cause the liver to develop drug-induced hepatitis, which inflames the liver. At first, hepatitis may cause mild symptoms such as body aches, fever, nausea and fatigue. However, if drug-induced hepatitis persists, more severe symptoms may develop, such as jaundice, poor circulation, severe headaches and dizziness.

Risks from Aspirin Abuse

The aspirin in Percodan can cause the most damage to the liver. The amount of aspirin in normal doses of Percodan do not threaten the liver; in fact, small daily doses of aspirin may even lower the risk of liver disease. However, the doses of Percodan that drug addicts take can put more aspirin in the body than the two pills someone might take to relieve a headache. The liver breaks down aspirin into a chemical called salicylic acid, which builds up in body tissues, especially the liver. These large amounts of salicylic acid can damage the liver and cause hepatitis.

Percodan Addiction Recovery with Hepatitis

For someone who has already developed hepatitis, Percodan will cause severe problems. Doctors rarely prescribe it for patients with hepatitis, because a damaged liver is less able to process the aspirin than a healthy one can. Taking Percodan at high doses will make hepatitis symptoms worse. For successful recovery from Percodan abuse, addiction professionals should also consider a patient’s hepatitis. Addicts may use other medicines to mitigate opioid withdrawal symptoms and to break Percodan dependency, but they will need professional help to do this.

Help for Percodan Abuse and Hepatitis

If Percodan damages your liver and aggravates your hepatitis, it is time to do something about this problem. Call our toll-free helpline to learn more about treatment for Percodan and this crippling liver disease. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, so you can call right now for instant support.