Q) What is Percodan?
A) Percodan is a combination of oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic narcotic with strong analgesic properties. Like any narcotic, it is potentially addicting and is chemically different from heroin and opium only in structure and duration. The oxycodone component is 14-hydroxydihydrocodeinone, a white odorless crystalline powder which is derived from the opium alkaloid, thebaine. Oxycodone is also found in: Endocet?, Percocet?, Percodan?, Roxicet?, Roxiprin?
Q) What does Percodan look like?
A) Percodan comes as a scored yellow tablet, embossed on one side with PERCODAN and on the other side with DuPont. Percodan-Demi comes as a scored pink tablet embossed on one side with PERCODAN-DEMI and on the other side with DuPont.
Q) What are the effects of Percodan?
- blurred vision
- accidental injury
- drug dependence
- impairment of mental and/or physical abilities
Q) What are the symptoms of overdose?
- respiratory depression (a decrease in respiratory rate)
- skeletal muscle flaccidity
- cold and clammy skin
- circulatory collapse
- cardiac arrest
Q) What is Percodan addiction?
A) Everyone’s body is different but as little as half a pill when combined with or other depressants can lower your respiratory system enough to kill you. Taken in high doses these tablets alone can kill you.
Addictive drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a person’s level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.
Almost all addicts tell themselves in the beginning that they can conquer their addiction on their own without the help of outside resources. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. When an addict makes an attempt at detoxification and to discontinue drug use without the aid of professional help, statistically the results do not last long. Research into the effects of long-term addiction has shown that substantial changes in the way the brain functions are present long after the addict has stopped using drugs. Realizing that a drug addict who wishes to recover from their addiction needs more than just strong will power is the key to a successful recovery. Battling not only cravings for their drug of choice, re-stimulation of their past and changes in the way their brain functions, it is no wonder that quitting drugs without professional help is an uphill battle.
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