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oxycodone / aspirin (percodan)

available over the counter: no

uses: moderate to severe pain; may provide superior relief to either oxycodone (narcotic) or aspirin alone

mechanism of action: oxycodone is a narcotic and affects the brain and spinal cord;  aspirin inhibits prostaglandins, which play a role in inflammation

side effects

  • common: lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting
  • less common: euphoria, depression, constipation, itching

concerns: prolonged use may lead to abuse through psychological and physical dependence


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