What is Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone) used for?
Percocet® contains a combination of acetaminophen and 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.
Percocet® is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Percocet® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Take Percocet® exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Oxycodone can slow or stop your breathing, especially when you start using this medicine or whenever your dose is changed. Never use Percocet® in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Oxycodone may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share Percocet® with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Do not stop using Percocet® suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using the medicine.
How do I store Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Percocet® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Percocet® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Percocet® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Percocet® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Percocet® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
You should not use Percocet® if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
This medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. Use only your prescribed dose, and swallow the pill whole to avoid a potentially fatal dose. Never share Percocet® with another person.
Misuse of narcotic medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Selling or giving away Percocet® is against the law.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Percocet® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Percocet®. Percocet® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Common side effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- Shallow breathing
- Slow heartbeat
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
- Unusual thoughts or behavior
- Seizure (convulsions)
- Problems with urination
- Missed menstrual periods
- Sexual problems
- Loss of interest in sex
- Liver problems – nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction such as hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
In rare cases, acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction that can be fatal. This could occur even if you have taken acetaminophen in the past and had no reaction. Stop taking Percocet® and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
Like other narcotic medicines, oxycodone can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Percocet® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products that may interact with this drug are:
- Other narcotic medications – opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine
- Drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing – a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, sedative, tranquilizer, or antipsychotic medicine
- Drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body – medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting
Does food or alcohol interact with Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Percocet® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone)?
Percocet® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:
- Any type of breathing problem or lung disease
- Liver disease, cirrhosis, or if you drink alcohol daily
- A history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- Kidney disease
- Urination problems
- Problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, thyroid, or adrenal gland
- A history of head injury, brain tumor, or seizures
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone).
What is the dose of Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone) for an adult?
Initiate treatment is 2.5 mg/325 mg adult dosage, with one or 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed for pain. The total daily dose of acetaminophen should not exceed 4 grams.
The usual adult dosage is one tablet every 6 hours as needed for pain. The total daily dose of acetaminophen should not exceed 4 grams.
What is the dose of Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Percocet® (acetaminophen and oxycodone) available?
Percocet® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet: oxycodone hydrochloride 2,5mg, acetaminophen 325mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Percocet®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: July 11, 2017 | Last Modified: July 11, 2017