For millions of Americans, Percodan® provides effective, safe pain relief. But unfortunately, Percodan® addiction is possible even among those who began taking the drug under doctor’s orders. Percodan® addiction doesn’t have to ruin your life. Take control by calling Treatment Solutions today at 877-417-6237.
What is Percodan®?
Percodan® is the brand name of a prescription-only narcotic pain reliever composed of two active ingredients — oxycodone and aspirin. Percodan® is used to treat moderate to severe acute (or short-term) pain.
Oxycodone, a drug in the opiate family of substances, is the stronger and more addictive of Percodan®‘s ingredients. In addition to Percodan®, there are other prescription drugs that combine oxycodone with common household pain medicines — in some cases, using acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead of aspirin.
Percodan® is sometimes referred to by the nickname “Percs,” or simply called “pain killer pills.” The drug may also be referred to by its other brand names, such as Endodan or Roxiprin.
How is Percodan® consumed?
Percodan® is normally taken orally. At times, however, Percodan® addicts may dissolve the drug in water and then inject it like heroin. No matter how it’s taken, there is always a risk of fatal overdose for those who abuse it.
How widespread is Percodan® abuse?
The abuse of prescription drugs is rising fast in America, making legal painkillers more of an addiction problem than many illicit substances. In fact, non-medical use of pain relievers has increased from 573,000 Americans in 1990 to 2.5 million users in 2003, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Just because Percodan® is legal doesn’t mean it’s not seriously destructive. The time to get help for Percodan® addiction is now. Call Treatment Solutions today at 877-417-6237.
What are Percodan’s short-term effects?
Percodan® users often experience feelings of euphoria, which is a major reason why the drug is so highly addictive. Other short-term effects of Percodan®, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, can include the following:
- Depressed respiration
Percodan’s long-term effects:
- Liver damage
- Kidney failure
- Physical addiction, in which the user continues taking Percodan® even when the drug is clearly creating negative consequences
- Tolerance, in which the addict must take larger doses to get “high”, which in turn increases the risk of a fatal overdose
Opiate pain relievers like Percodan® and similar drugs like OxyContin accounted for 119,000 emergency room visits in 2002, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network. This figure represents a 450% increase from 1994.
What are the risks of Percodan® addiction during pregnancy?
Percodan® is classified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Category C medication, which means it should only given to pregnant women if the healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.
The use of Percodan® by pregnant women may cause narcotic withdrawal symptoms in the infant after delivery. Percodan® addiction can also lead to chemical dependence in the mother. If the mother then abruptly stops taking the pills, the severe withdrawal symptoms she experiences could lead to miscarriage.
What is Percodan® addiction so hard to overcome?
For years, the seriousness of prescription drug addiction was underestimated by the general public; these pills were thought of as medicine, and not dangerous narcotics. But Percodan® is an opiate, and in the same drug family as heroin. Quitting Percodan® means undergoing opiate detox, which isn’t easy. Some withdrawal symptoms that addicts in detox experience include:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Cold flashes with goose bumps
Percodan® addiction treatment is the answer.
With help from the drug addiction treatment programs available through Treatment Solutions, the Percodan® addiction ruining your life can become a thing of the past. In addition to making detox much more manageable, our treatment programs include intensive individual and group counseling that gets down to the root causes of the drug problem.
We’re not trying to keep clients clean for 30 days — we’re working to make sure clients never use again. To achieve that goal requires first-rate treatment strategies with an emphasis on relapse prevention. Whether you need a women’s drug rehab or senior citizens drug rehab, or anything in between, there is a program in our network designed just for you, and it’s often covered by your health insurance. Call us today at 877-417-6237.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find Percodan® addiction treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury Percodan® rehab.