Percodan is comprised of oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone is the opiate component of the drug, while aspirin is a less potent pain reliever. Percodan was once heavily prescribed in the U.S., but many doctors prefer other narcotic drugs such as Percocet, which is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen, and Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Percodan is considered a Schedule II Controlled Substance in the U.S., a federal government classification. This means that Percodan has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate which can also produce feelings of sedation and euphoria. Addiction to opiates including those containing oxycodone, has increased sharply in the U.S. over the last several years.

Effects on the Body
Percodan effects on the body can include constipation, increased sweating, weakness, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dry mouth, tingling or redness of the skin and blurred vision.

The oxycodone component in Percodan can be habit-forming, causing a physical and/or psychological dependency. This can begin with the development of a tolerance. Percodan is also considered a drug of abuse. Taking too much or misusing it in other ways could lead quickly to addiction or overdose. A physical addiction is characterized by the onset of withdrawal once use is stopped suddenly. Withdrawal can be painful but there are options that can minimize suffering through medical detox.