Originally Posted by Jim .E.
is this stuff like Tylenol 3? read a bit of it on wikipedia but only info as how its a pain killer with acetemophen (excuse spelling), i keep hearing kids saying how there so high off of it and how everything is so slowed down
any input? i know justins wisdom will chime (kind of hoping and expecting this) but i know your busy with your assignment so ill letchu finish that first
also is it stronger than Vicadin (excuse spelling)
Hey... it's 3:45am.. time for a study break I think.
Acetaminophen is Tylenol. Oxycodone is a pain killing narcotic affecting the central nervous system (highly addictive). The combination of the two is what makes up Percocet's (also known as 'perks'.) This is what Wikipedia was trying to say.
The Acetaminophen is used to relieve pain, and reduce fever. Oxycodone is used for it's claming effect, (it's a sedative) as it will help you relax and basically be happy. For some, it helps them think clearer.
Oxycodone on its own:
Oxycodone can also be purchased on its own (usually sold under the brand name Tylox in Canada), and as mentioned is a narcotic. As such, it is a controlled substance. It comes in small white or yellowish circular pills stamped with OC them. Because it is a central nervous system depressant, effects can range from feeling calm, reducing physical (and for some, emotional) pain without making you fall asleep or lose consciousness, and great feelings of happiness.
As mentioned in Propone's post, the pill itself is time released, some abusers would rather speed up the absorption into the blood stream. Crushing the tablets and snorting, is one way of doing this. Another way is dissolving the pills in water (should be bacterio-static for sanization reasons, but most people really don't care), then injected into a vein. Crushing it and dissolving into a glass of water then drinking will help speed up the effects as well. If ingested, it should be taken with food to help aleviate any gastrointestinal pains.
Resistance & addiction:
The user can, and will, develop a resistance to this drug and it will become less effective. This is when things can become messy, as the user may begin taking more of the drug to increase the effect. Sometimes to the point where it can become life-threatening. Think of it like the the mother (Sara Goldfarb) in Requiem for a Dream taking those weight-loss drugs. Your body builds up a tolerance for it, and you begin popping more and more.
Eventually you can damage your receptors and perminantly alter how your nervous system interprets signals from the outside world. There are many side-effects to Oxycodone, but most are not life threatening... things like constipation, sweating, and itching. More serious side effects come with abuse, or long term use, this includes possible unconsciousness, seizures, and difficulty breathing.
Compared to Vicodin:
It is interesting that you ask if it is stronger than Vicodin. As vicodin is very similar to the above mentioned Percocet. Vicodin also contains tylenol (Acetaminophen), but instead of combining with Oxycodone, it is combined with the drug Hydrocodone. (a relative of Codine). Side effects are quite similar, as Hydrocodone is also a central nervous system depressant. The difference is Vicodin will make you much more drowsy, and provide less of an 'upper' feel. It is more of a sedative.
Hope this helps. Back to homework now...