Percodan is a combination of oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic narcotic with strong analgesic properties. Like any narcotic, it is potentially addicting and is chemically different from heroin and opium only in structure and duration. The oxycodone component is 14-hydroxydihydrocodeinone, a white odorless crystalline powder which is derived from the opium alkaloid, thebaine.
Oxycodone is also found in: Endocet®, Percocet®, Percodan®, Roxicet®, Roxiprin®.
Percodan comes as a scored yellow tablet, embossed on one side with PERCODAN and on the other side with DuPont. Percodan-Demi comes as a scored pink tablet embossed on one side with PERCODAN-DEMI and on the other side with DuPont.
Everyone's body is different but as little as half a pill when combined with or other depressants can lower your respiratory system enough to kill you. Taken in high doses these tablets alone can kill you.
Addictive drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a person’s level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.