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Percocet (Oxycodone-Acetaminophen )

Percocet is used to help in relieving moderate to severe pain. It contains a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen), opioid (narcotic) pain reliever (oxycodone) and a. It works in the brain to change the state of how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce fever.

Dosage of medication

Initiate treatment with PERCOCET tablets 2.5 mg/325 mg adult dosage, with 1or 2 tablets every 6 hours as needed for pain. It should not exceed 4 grams.

Precautions

The precautions that a person has to know are as follows-

  • If you are allergic to opioids (such as morphine, codeine, oxymorphone); or if you have any other allergies. before taking this drug, tell your doctor. It may contain inactive ingredients, which cause allergic reactions. Consult your doctor for more information.
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially of: brain disorders , breathing problems , kidney diseases , liver disease, mental/mood disorders , personal or family history of a substance use disorder (i.e. addiction to drugs/alcohol), stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation, diarrhea etc., difficulty in urination, gallbladder disease, disease of the pancreas etc.
  • It may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Don’t drive, use machinery or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Consult your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
  • Liquid products may contain sugar, aspartame, and alcohol. Be Cautious if you have diabetes, liver disease, alcohol dependence,  phenylketonuria (PKU), etc., that requires you to avoid these substances in your diet.
  • Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
  • Elder patients may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and slow/shallow breathing.
  • This medication should be used only when needed during pregnancy. It may harm your unborn baby.
  • This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a feeding infant. Tell the doctor if your baby develops unusual sleepiness, difficulty feeding, or trouble breathing. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Side Effects of the medicine

  • With the powerful medication of Adderall, there would come some side effects of the drug that are as follows:
  • Nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, constipation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur.
  • To prevent constipation, eat dietary fiber, drink enough water and do exercise.
  • Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position, to reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness.
  • Always take this medicine with the prescription of your Doctor. Many people using this medication
    do not have serious side effects.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you have any severe side effects, including mental/mood changes,
    severe stomach/abdominal pain, difficulty in urinating, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, weight loss.
  • Get medical help if you have any severe side effects, including fainting, seizure, slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/difficulty waking up.
  • A severe allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help immediately if you notice any symptoms of a severe allergic reaction such as rash, itching/swelling, severe dizziness, trouble
    breathing.

Overdose

  • If someone has overdosed and has severe symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, give them naloxone if available, then call 911.
  • It may include slow/shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, coma, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach/abdominal pain, extreme tiredness, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.

Notes

  • Do not share this medication with others. Sharing it is against the law.
  • This drug has been prescribed for your present condition only. Don’t use it later for another state unless your doctor directs you to do so. A different medication may be necessary in that case.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should have naloxone available to treat opioid overdose.
  • Guide your family or household members about the signs of an opioid overdose and how to treat it.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember in the morning hours. If it is late in the afternoon or near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

  • Different brands of this medication have different storage needs.
  • Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist.
  • Store at room temperature away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medications away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
  • Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed.

Percocet FAQ’s

Percocet is used to treat short-term moderate to severe pain. Percocet contains a combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. Oxycodone present in Percocet is a narcotic pain reliever, and Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever.
  • Do not use the medication of Percocet for a condition for which it is not prescribed.
  • Do not share your medications with anyone, even if they are also prescribed for it or have the same symptoms.
  • You may ask your professional doctor or pharmacist for the safe usage of Percocet.
If your doctor prescribes you the medication of Percocet, be sure to get your medicines from a reputable pharmacy, either online or offline. When you are purchasing Percocet online:
  • Make sure the website is genuine and don't sell drugs to those patients who don't have a prescription for it.
  • Make sure you see a US phone number and address. This may help you make sure the website is not selling fake medicines.
  • Take the medication of Percocet exactly as your healthcare provider recommends you to take it.
  • Your healthcare provider or doctor may guide you on how many doses of Percocet to take and when to take it.
  • If you accidentally overdose Percocet, call your healthcare provider or doctor, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
  • This medication may cause you to be drowsy. Do not drive any vehicle or operate any machinery.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take any alcoholic beverage while taking Percocet. Drinking alcohol or taking any alcoholic beverage may increase your chances of having severe side effects.