A Mixture of Aspirin and Oxycodone
Percodan works by binding to the pain receptors in the brain and decreasing the amount of prostaglandins that are produced. It is prescribed as a painkiller for individuals suffering from extreme pain such as the pain that can be associated with cancer. It is a close chemical cousin to the more commonly prescribed Percocet, which is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen.
Percodan drug abuse can begin with individuals taking the drug legally after receiving a prescription for the drug due to illness or injury; it can also begin with someone taking the drug in search of a “high.” However it begins, Percodan drug abuse is a serious and potentially life-threatening problem.
Percodan Abuse Side Effects
Individuals who abuse Percodan describe a feeling of pleasure that is followed by one of complete relaxation and contentment. This state of euphoria usually lasts a few hours but can also be accompanied by a number of side effects, such as: lightheadedness, nausea, constipation, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, and accidental injury. At higher doses, even more serious complications can occur. These include respiratory depression, circulatory collapse, stupor, skeletal muscle flaccidity, hypertension, cardiac arrest, coma, and even death.
Percodan Abuse and the Elderly
Unlike most “street” drugs, Percodan drug abuse is particularly common among the elderly. Due to their higher risks for cancer and other chronically painful conditions, the older population is more likely to be prescribed Percodan in the first place. This initial introduction to the drug can then lead to dependence and addiction over long-term usage. Unfortunately for them, many of the signs of Percodan drug abuse, such as blurred vision or memory and motor skills problems can be confused with changes brought about by the aging process. This can make it more difficult for doctors to see the signs that their patient may have a problem with Percodan. This difficulty in recognizing the symptoms of Percodan drug abuse in the elderly is further compounded by a psychological resistance on the part of physicians with seeing someone’s “sweet old grandma or grandpa” as a drug addict.