Percodan Withdrawal Symptoms, Signs, and Detoxification

Percodan Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs and Detoxification

Percodan withdrawal should be monitored by a doctor to avoid Percodan withdrawal symptoms. Here's what you need to know.

Takeaways from this article:

  • american addiction centers photo

    What is percodan?

  • american addiction centers photo

    Percodan addiction symptoms

  • american addiction centers photo

    Percodan withdrawal symptoms

Percodan is a common trade name for pain-relieving tablets that contain oxycodone, an opioid narcotic, combined with aspirin. Percodan is legitimately prescribed by physicians for moderate-to-severe pain, but because of its opioid composition, it can become habit-forming. Percodan withdrawal should be monitored by a doctor to avoid Percodan withdrawal symptoms, which can tempt a patient to continue using the drug when there is no longer any medical reason to do so.

If a patient is simply discontinuing Percodan therapy because his or her situation no longer warrants it, gradually reducing the dosage of the drug is usually sufficient to prevent Percodan withdrawal symptoms. However, if a patient has become addicted to Percodan, a more intensive form of Percodan withdrawal treatment is necessary.

Withdrawing from Percodan: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

When a patient has become addicted to Percodan, either after a long period of medical use or due to abuse, Percodan withdrawal should be treated in a way that minimizes any discomfort caused by Percodan withdrawal symptoms. Rapid detoxification treatment for Percodan withdrawal can be administered in an inpatient residential treatment facility or hospital.

This type of treatment, in which sedation and substitute medications are used to prevent or reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, is usually used when the patient also needs a full course of addiction rehabilitation treatment to deal with his or her Percodan addiction.

Detoxification is usually recommended for patients who are abusing Percodan. Patients who abuse Percodan include those who take it even though they have no medical reason to do so, as well as patients who exceed their prescribed dosages to escape emotional trauma or pressure that may or may not be connected to the physical condition for which they use Percodan.

Patients whose addiction is less severe, or whose addiction is strictly physical and stems from long-term treatment of physical pain with Percodan as opposed to misuse for emotional reasons, may be best served by outpatient treatment.

Outpatient treatment can be as simple as asking a pain specialist to replace Percodan with a less potent and less habit-forming narcotic to treat actual pain. In that case, the physician will taper off the dosage of Percodan while replacing it with another pain reliever that does not interact with Percodan or intensifies Percodan withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment with substitute drugs such as buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) is an effective method of preventing withdrawal symptoms when a patient stops using Percodan. This method can be used in place of detoxification when the addiction is not severe or long-standing; in such cases, it is supervised by an addiction specialist, who will also ensure that the patient undergoes counseling and other treatment for the underlying emotional issues that led to addiction.

If Suboxone is used to help a pain patient avoid Percodan withdrawal symptoms after a lengthy course of Percodan treatment is completed, counseling may not be necessary. However, the progress of Suboxone treatment is still carefully monitored by an addiction specialist.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Whenever there is an emotional or psychological component to dependence on Percodan, detoxification followed by intensive counseling and behavioral therapy is the recommended treatment for Percodan withdrawal. Once the patient is comfortable and able to function properly on a physical level, the rehabilitation facility where medical detoxification took place is ready to help the patient cope with the emotional issues and pressures that led him or her to abuse Percodan.

Since the addiction may have begun with a legitimate medical reason to use the drug, attention is also paid to any painful medical conditions that the patient may have. Behavior modification therapy and cognitive therapy, combined with meditation, medically supervised exercise, and life skills coaching can help patients overcome Percodan addiction and reduce their need for medical pain control.

Once a patient has successfully undergone a month or more of intensive inpatient therapy, including the time spent on detoxification to avoid discomfort during Percodan withdrawal, ongoing counseling and support can take place on an outpatient basis. Professional counseling and participation in support groups are essential in maintaining recovery from Percodan addiction.

Percodan Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Percocet
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: Acetaminophen, oxycodone
  • Brand Name: Percodan
  • Brand Name Variations: Percocet
  • Cost/Price: Between $45 and $100
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treatment of moderate to severe pain.
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Treatment of severe pain.
  • Chemical Makeup: C18H21NO4
  • System: Opioid analgesic
  • Duration of Action: 6 to 8 hours
Form, Intake, and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablets
  • Administration Routes: Oral
  • Dosage: 5 mg/325 mg to 10 mg/325 mg per dose
  • Overdose: Greater than 30 mg
  • Alcohol Interaction: May cause adverse effects when taken with alcohol
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Adverse effects when taken with other Opioid analgesics and CNS depressants
  • Contraindications: Significant respiratory depression, bronchial asthma, paralytic ileus
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, respiratory depression, apnea
  • Long-Term: Acute liver damage, a fatal overdose may occur
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Very high
  • Signs of Abuse: Lack of motivation, chronic fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, extreme anxiety
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 10 to 24 hours after the last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Shakiness, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: High risk
  • Psychological Dependence: Possible
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Percodan Withdrawals Last?

The timeline for each patient is different, depending on the length of usage. Most patients experience symptoms 24 to 72 hours after their last dose with maximum intensity at 5 to 7 days.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Percodan?

Oxy, O.C, Oxycet, Oxycottons, Oxy 80s, Hillbilly meth

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Though maintaining a healthy lifestyle while detoxing can help with the detoxification process, there is no home remedy proven to help relieve withdrawal symptoms. Attempting a home remedy is not advised due to their lack of success. Flushing the system out with water may help to ease withdrawal syndrome; however, it is best to forego any alternative method (including natural treatments) in favor of immediate professional help.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Percodan?

Percodan can remain in the system for up to 7 days. To research your options for different detox programs, call 1-888-935-1318 or visit our locator page. The sooner you get help for you or your loved one, the sooner you can start the road to a safe recovery.