( Percobarb, Percodan-Demi, Percogesic, oxycodone )
Percodan : yellow tablet
Percodan-Demi : pink tablet
For pain relief.
For short-term relief of moderate
to severe pain.
One tablet every six hours as
Percodan is a curious combination
drug. The basic narcotic is oxycodone, to which is added aspirin and other
minor pain relievers. Combination drugs have a number of theoretical
disadvantages, but Percodan is a strong and effective reliever of pain. It
does require a special prescription because it is a strong narcotic and the
hazards of serious addiction are present. The manufacturers state that the
habit-forming potentialities are somewhat less than morphine and somewhat
greater than codeine. the drug is usually well tolerated.
Percodan is a good drug for
people with cancer, but it is very dangerous in the treatment of arthritis.
It is not an anti-inflammatory agent and does nto work directly on any of
the disease processes. It is habit forming and it does break the pain
reflex. It is a mental depressant, and serious addiction can result.