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What is Percocet?

Percocet is a combination medicine that contains acetaminophen and oxycodone. It helps to relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever, and acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever. Oxycodone works on the brain and changes how your body responds to pain.

Percocet is available in multiple brand and generic versions. It is not easy to obtain because it requires a prescription. However, people can buy Percocet online.

How to take Percocet?

People should take this medication exactly as prescribed by their doctor. Do not take this medicine in high amounts or for longer than the prescribed duration. It may lead to an overdose which can damage your liver or cause death.

Your dosage will depend upon the medical treatment and response to treatment.

Before going through any surgery and medical tests, tell the doctor that you are using Percocet.

You can take Percocet with or without food. Take this medicine with food if you have nausea.

Do not stop using Percocet suddenly because it may cause withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is more likely among people who have used this medicine for a long time or in high doses. The withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, mood changes, watering eyes, running nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden behavior changes.

Percocet is available in the following strengths:

  • Percocet 2.5/325 mg
  • Percocet 5/325 mg
  • Percocet 7.5/500 mg
  • Percocet 10/325 mg

What to know before taking Percocet? 

Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other opioids such as morphine or codeine. Do not use Percocet if you have recently consumed alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other opioid medicines.

Percocet can be addictive and may slow or stop your breathing. People should only use the prescribed dose to avoid an overdose. The overdose symptoms may include breathing problems, unusually tired or sleepy, or not being able to wake up. You must have Naloxone for an opioid overdose.

Do not take this drug if you have breathing problems or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.

Before using Percocet, tell your doctor if you ever had:

  • brain disorders
  • breathing problems
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • mood disorders
  • personal or family history of substance abuse
  • stomach or intestinal problems
  • difficulty urinating
  • gallbladder disease
  • pancreas disease

Percocet makes you dizzy or drowsy. Do not do anything that requires alertness, like driving a car or operating machinery until you can do it safely.

Old age people may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine. The side effects may include confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and slow breathing.

Do not use this drug during pregnancy because it may harm your unborn baby.

This drug passes into breastmilk and may cause undesirable effects on a nursing infant.

What are the benefits of using Percocet?

Percocet is a painkiller that helps in relieving severe pain.

Percocet contains acetaminophen, which may also help with fever-related symptoms such as chills, muscle aches, and fatigue.

What are the side effects of Percocet?

Percocet may cause the following side effects:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • weakness
  • tiredness
  • confusion
  • loss of appetite
  • unusual thoughts or behavior
  • shallow breathing
  • stomach pain
  • shallow breathing
  • severe drowsiness
  • difficulty urinating

Acetaminophen present in Percocet may cause a severe skin reaction. Stop taking this drug immediately if you have skin redness or a rash.

This medicine can cause constipation. Make sure to eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise to prevent constipation. You can also take a laxative.

Percocet may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The risk is more likely in people who are using this drug for a long time or have heart disease.

How Percocet works?

Percocet is an opioid that works by attaching to the opioid receptors found in many areas of the body.

Opioids work by attaching to the receptor, reducing pain transmission to the brain, reducing pain.

What to avoid while using Percocet?

Alcohol: Do not drink alcohol while taking Percocet. Consumption of alcohol with this painkiller can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness. Taking Percocet with alcohol can cause liver damage in some cases.

Drug: Medicines that may interact with Percocet include certain pain medications such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, and butorphanol. If you take Percocet with other medicines, the risk of side effects may increase. The side effects may include drowsiness or breathing problems.

Other medicines may affect the removal of oxycodone or acetaminophen from your body. It may affect how oxycodone works. Examples of such drugs include azole antifungals such as ketoconazole, macrolide antibiotics, mifepristone, HIV medications, rifamycins, and seizure drugs.

Drugs that will affect Percocet are as follows:

  • sedative drugs including diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax
  • cold or allergy medicine
  • other opioids
  • medicines for motion sickness
  • sleeping pills

Grapefruit juice: Avoid drinking grapefruit or grapefruit juice with Percocet because grapefruit might increase the side effects of the drug.