Generic Name: oxycodone and acetaminophen
Brand Name: Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, Endocet
Medical Information about Percocet
What it's used for:
Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Percocet may also be used for other purposes not listed on this page.
Oxycodone is a narcotic analgesic (pain-reliever) and a cough suppressant that is similar to codeine and hydrocodone. The precise mechanism of pain relief by oxycodone and other narcotics is not known. Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer). Acetaminophen relieves pain by elevating the pain threshold. It reduces fever through its action on the heat-regulating center of the brain. The combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen achieves greater pain relief than either taken separately.
How to use Percocet :
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take it in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on the medicationlabel. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
An overdose of acetaminophen can cause serious harm to your liver. The maximum amount of acetaminophen for adults is 1 gram (1000 mg) per dose and 4 grams (4000 mg) per day. One Percocet tablet may contain up to 650 mg of acetaminophen. Know the amount of acetaminophen in the specific product you are taking. Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are taking Percocet. Do not use a stool softener (laxative) without first asking your doctor. You may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using Percocet after using it over a long period of time. Do not stop using Percocet suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain urine tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Percocet.
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Percocet. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Possible side effects of Percocet :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of serious side effects. The most frequent adverse reactions of oxycodone & acetaminophen include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, and vomiting. Other side effects include drowsiness, constipation, and spasm of the ureter, which can lead to difficulty in urinating.
Oxycodone can depress breathing and, therefore, is used with caution in elderly, debilitated patients and in patients with serious lung disease. Oxycodone can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery. Oxycodone can be habit-forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Percocet is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much Percocet. An overdose of Percocet can be fatal. Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), confusion, cold and clammy skin, muscle weakness, fainting, weak pulse, coma, blue lips, shallow breathing, or no breathing.
What should I avoid while taking Percocet?
Oxycodone, like other narcotic pain-relievers, can exaggerate the effects of other medications and drugs that slow the brain's processes, such as alcohol, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines (e.g. lorazepam, Ativan). This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Do not use any other over-the-counter cough, cold, allergy, or pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen is contained in many medicines available over the counter. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains acetaminophen. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Percocet. Alcohol may increase your risk of liver damage while taking acetaminophen. Cold or allergy medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by oxycodone. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these medicines, or any other narcotic pain medicine.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.
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