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Classification: Combination opioid

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: II

Other names for Percodan

  • Oxycodone
  • Oxy
  • OC
  • Oxycotton
  • Hillbilly heroin
  • Kicker

Percodan Addiction

What is Percodan?

Percodan is a brand-name combination medicine containing two pain-relieving medications. It contains aspirin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), and oxycodone, an opioid also referred to as a narcotic.

The aspirin in Percodan blocks substances in the body that cause inflammation or swelling, which can help lower pain. Like other opioids, oxycodone in Percodan works by binding to opioid receptors in the body and blocking pain signals from being sent to the brain, which reduces the pain a person feels. Percodan use produces feelings of relaxation and happiness, which makes the combination medication addictive.

How Addiction to Percodan Works

Percodan is a schedule II controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for misuse and addiction, especially if it’s not used as prescribed. Prolonged use of Percodan can cause users to develop a tolerance to its pain-relieving effects. This happens when their bodies adjust to Percodan’s presence in their systems. As a result, they might take higher doses of Percodan to achieve the initial “high,” a sign that their body depends on the drug to function.

Once the effects wear off, Percodan users might experience intense cravings for the drug or get sick, more signs of chemical dependency. Many people might continue taking Percodan to make these symptoms of withdrawal go away, which leaves them at risk for a fatal overdose. However, the presence of oxycodone in Percodan means that Narcan can be administered to reverse an overdose.

If a person develops a Percodan addiction, it’s best to safely clear their body of the drug during medical detox at a rehab center.

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Intended Use of Percodan

Percodan was first marketed and prescribed in the United States in 1950. It’s prescribed as a pain reliever, containing aspirin (NSAID) and oxycodone (opioid).

How Percodan Is Taken

Take Percodan exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Percodan is taken orally, as an extended-release tablet ad oral liquid. It can be taken with or without food. The ideal dose of Percodan differs from person to person. Therefore, doctors recommend following the directions on the label, because the medicine may become habit-forming and lead to addiction.

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Side Effects of

If any of these side effects become severe, immediately call a doctor.


  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Constipation (opioid-induced)
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness

Signs of an
Addiction to Percodan

Intense, uncontrollable cravings

Physical, flu-like withdrawal symptoms

Unsuccessful attempts to reduce or stop using the drug

Choosing the drug over quality time with loved ones

Stealing items or money to buy more Percodan

Lying to doctors or therapists to get more Percodan

Unexplained weight loss

Legal or financial trouble

Abuse Facts

Singer Elvis Presley was a longtime Percodan user

Percocet resembles Percodan but contains acetaminophen instead of aspirin.