What is Percocet?
Percocet® contains a combination of acetaminophen & oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. Other brands in this combination include Endocet, Nalocet, etc.
How to use Percocet®
Before you start taking Percocet®, and every time you get a refill, read the Medication Guide issued by your pharmacist. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
- If you need surgery or medical tests, let your doctor know you’re taking Percocet ahead of time.
- You should not abruptly stop using Percocet. To taper your dose, follow your doctor’s recommendations.
- As recommended by your doctor, take this medication by mouth.
- This medication can be used with or without food.
- If you suffer nausea, taking this medication with meals may help. Other strategies to reduce nausea might be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible). Buy Lorazepam for anxiety and depression online
- Until your doctor or pharmacist says it’s okay, don’t eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking Percocet®. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
- The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose, take Percocet® more frequently, or take it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.
- Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Percocet® Side Effects
Common Percocet side effects include:
- dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired;
- constipation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
- blurred vision;
- itching, red eyes, or flushing;
- feelings of extreme happiness or sadness; or
- dry mouth
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
If you develop hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek emergency medical attention right away.
Acetaminophen can induce a severe skin reaction that can be fatal in rare situations. Even if you’ve never experienced a reaction to acetaminophen or Tylenol before, this might happen. If you get skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling, stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor right away.
Oxycodone has the potential to halt or stop your breathing, resulting in death. If you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue-colored lips, or if you have severe symptoms, anyone caring for you should provide naloxone and/or seek emergency medical treatment.