Percodan is a combination medication prescribed to patients to alleviate moderate to severe pain. It is defined as a combination medication because it contains both oxycodone and aspirin, both of which reduce pain in different ways. Oxycodone is classified as an opioid analgesic and it alters the way the body and brain experience pain. On the other hand, Aspirin is classified as a salicylate and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that blocks natural substances in the body to reduce pain and swelling that may occur. In addition, aspirin helps patients feel comfortable and function normally.
Just like beginning treatment with any new medication, in the early stages of taking Percodan, some patients may experience side effects. More common side effects of Percodan not requiring medical attention include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, increased sweating, dry mouth, lightheadedness, and weakness. These common Percodan side effects should dissipate with time. If they do not go away or seem to get worse, notify your doctor or pharmacist.
Although serious side effects of Percodan are rare, it is important to be aware of them in the case of an emergency. Serious side effects of Percodan which should be reported to your doctor immediately include slow or irregular heartbeat, mood changes, agitation, hallucinations, depression, confusion, difficulty urinating, ringing in the ears, decreased hearing, vision changes, easy bruising or bleeding, stomach or abdominal pain, black stools, vomit resembling coffee grounds, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, persistent nausea, signs of kidney problems, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss.
Patients should seek medical attention as soon as possible if they experience slow or shallow breathing, fainting, seizures, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, or signs of an allergic reaction such as rashes, itching or swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing after taking Percodan.
Percodan patients taking the medication exactly as directed by their doctor may still develop a psychological addiction or physical dependence. This is primarily due to the opioid analgesic oxycodone contained in the Percodan medication. Opioids can be particularly addictive, which is why it is important to never take Percodan unless it has been prescribed by your doctor. If you begin to think someone in your life is misusing Percodan, seek professional help as soon as possible. Signs which may point to a Percodan addiction are losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed and becoming obsessed with finding and taking Percodan.
If you no longer want to treat your pain with Percodan, schedule a meeting with your doctor to discuss alternative treatment options. Usually, doctors will lower a patient’s dose over time to avoid serious Percodan withdrawal symptoms. A Percodan treatment program should never be stopped abruptly, as this will increase the risk for unwanted withdrawal symptoms. Do not adjust your Percodan dose or treatment schedule in any way unless your doctor tells you to do so.
Patients looking to recover from Percodan addiction or other forms of substance use disorder can benefit from the array of treatment options and resources offered by The Recovery Village. Before entering treatment, patients would be required to completely detox from Percodan. Once all of the Percodan is safely removed from the patient’s system, they would then be able to participate in individual and group counseling sessions as well as recreational activities at The Recovery Village.
One form of treatment is inpatient Percodan rehab. This option requires patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers during their addiction recovery period. This treatment option can be especially helpful for patients struggling with severe Percodan addiction or those who would find recovery difficult while living at home.
Once inpatient Percodan rehab is completed, patients will often enter the outpatient Percodan rehab program. In this program, patients live at home and come to The Recovery Village for scheduled treatment appointments.
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