Percodan is a narcotic pain reliever and salicylate combination. Possible side effects of using Percodan include: constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, heartburn, nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting. Severe side effects that require medical attention include: rash, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, and mouth, and unusual hoarseness. Percodan can be abused and can be very addictive.
Like other addictive painkillers, these drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward can be very intense. This may lead a user to crave the drug and focus all activities around seeking out and using the drug. The ability of such painkillers, like Percodan, to alter the brain can produce an addiction to the drug, requiring the individual to take the drug to fulfill. Because of Percodan’s composition, it can cause the body’s respiratory system to be depressed and even fail.
Taken in high doses, this medication alone can kill a person. Signs and symptoms of Percodan addiction and/or abuse include: drowsiness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, drug dependence, euphoria, and accidental injury. Common signs of a Percodan overdose include: respiratory depression, stupor, coma, cold and clammy skin, and skeletal muscle limpness. If a person has a Percodan addiction, it is important to seek the appropriate recovery plan and treatment. Some common suggestions for treatment can be seeking counseling and help from a certified addiction counselor and/or enrolling in a residential rehabilitation center. The path to recovery varies from person to person, but the goal of recovery is to cease use both short-term and long-term with a promise for a drug-free future.