Percodan Overview

Percodan overviewPercodan was first sold by Dupont Pharmaceuticals in the United States in 1950. It is now manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. It is generally yellow in color and comes in varying doses. Percodan contains oxycodone and aspirin and is prescribed to treat moderate to short-term severe pain. Because Percodan is easily abused, many doctors prefer to prescribe less addictive alternatives.

Often times, people are prescribed Percodan following surgery or injury in order to treat pain. Sometimes Percodan is prescribed in small doses to treat chronic pain not related to surgery or injury. The usual dosage of Percodan for adults is one tablet by mouth every six hours as needed, which is not to exceed twelve tablets within any 24-hour time period.  Percodan is not recommended for use in children and should always be kept out of the reach of anyone under the age of eighteen. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Percodan; the combination of alcohol and Percodan can be highly dangerous. Also, a Percodan overdose can be fatal.

Percodan Drug Classification

Percodan is ranked as an FDA pregnancy category D drug. This means that Percodan can cause harm to unborn babies and create withdrawal symptoms in newborns. Oxycodone and aspirin can also pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.  If you or someone you know may be using Percodan while pregnant or breastfeeding, please call a medical professional immediately. Use effective birth control and tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using this or any other oxycodone-based drug.

In recent years, Percodan has largely been replaced by a drug called Percocet (which is an equally addictive compound of acetaminophen and oxycodone) and other oxycodone medications. As of June 2010, Percodan is listed as a Schedule II controlled substance in the United States under the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Other Schedule II drugs include opium, morphine, and cocaine. Percodan and other prescription Schedule II drugs are considered highly addictive and are not given refills when prescribed by a reputable doctor. For this reason, many individuals addicted to Percodan may resort to getting the drug through illegal means. It is always a good idea to keep your medication in a secure place where others cannot reach it.

Illicit Use of Percodan

Because Percodan is an opiate similar to morphine, it can alter a person’s mood while it kills pain—which is the key reason it is so highly addictive. Even patients who take Percodan for as little as three weeks can become strongly addicted. Furthermore, individuals can build up a tolerance to Percodan, eventually needing more and more of the drug to maintain the same effects.

In many ways, Percodan is considered to be a drug often used by upper and middle class Americans. Many times individuals faced with Percodan addiction do not know how to seek help for their addiction out of shame. However, the truth is that all people are susceptible to these addictive Schedule II drugs. Many highly successful individuals suffered from Percodan addiction including comedian Jerry Lewis and singer Elvis Presley. Percodan is also very similar to the drugs Michael Jackson was known to abuse before his death.

Percodan Side Effects

Mild to moderate side effects of Percodan may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Ulcers
  • Upset stomach, gas or bloating

Severe side effects of Percodan may include:

  • Changes in heart rate
  • Fainting
  • Hallucinations or confusion
  • Internal bleeding, coughing up blood or passing bloody stools
  • Problems with urination
  • Death

Percodan is also sold under the brand name Endodan. All products that contain oxycodone (including OxyContin, Percodan, and  Percocet) can be habit-forming.

Percodan Addiction Help

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