Brand NamesTylox, Percocet 7.5/325, Percocet, Perloxx, Percocet 2.5/325, Percocet 10/325, Endocet, Narvox, Roxicet, Magnacet
What is Percocet
Percocet is a class II prescription drug and it is used as a pain reliever for moderate to high acute pain. It comes in six different strengths Percocet main ingredients are oxycodone and acetaminophen. This blend classifies Percocet as a narcotic analgesic, and is considered a highly addictive painkiller. Addiction and overdose remain the primary concerns of taking a drug of this nature.
Side effects of Percocet
If you have noticed any of these serious side effects, you should inform your doctor immediately:
- mental/mood changes
- severe stomach/abdominal pain
- difficulty urinating
- slow/shallow breathing
- unusual drowsiness/difficulty waking up
Percocet is commonly used for treatment of short-term pain due to a surgery, dental procedure, or injury. Percocet is also occasionally used to treat migraines, chronic pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
It is possible that your doctor may recommend Percocet for something other than pain. Off-label indications for Percocet include the treatment of:
It is important to note that some doctors may not consider these legitimate off-label uses, as there are more appropriate medications available to treat such conditions. At this time, there are no approved uses of Percocet for children (as the drug has not been adequately studied in this age group).
While taking Percocet may uccur: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness. Some of these side effects may decrease after you have been using this medication for a while. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To prevent constipation, eat a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. Consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (such as a stimulant type with stool softener).
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
It is important to remember that your doctor may prescribeу this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
The recommended dose fo 2.5/325 mg tablets is one or two tablets, taken every six hours as needed for pain. For all the other strengths, the recommended dose is one tablet, taken every six hours as needed for pain. In some cases (such as for severe pain or for people who have become tolerant to Percocet), higher doses may be recommended, up to certain maximums. Refer to the following table for the maximum number of tablets per day:
|Strength||Maximum Per Day|
|Percocet 2.5/325 mg||12 tablets|
|Percocet 5/325 mg||12 tablets|
|Percocet 7.5/325 mg||8 tablets|
|Percocet 10/325 mg||8 tablets|
|Percocet 10/325 mg||6 tablets|
|Percocet 10/650 mg||6 tablets|
Percocet contains acetaminophen. It is very important to limit the total dose of acetaminophen to 4 grams (4000 mg) a day or less. Higher doses increase the risk of serious liver damage. Make sure to watch for any other sources of acetaminophen, including other prescription pain relievers and many over-the-counter products, such as Tylenol®. To be safe, all other acetaminophen products should be avoided while you are taking Percocet, unless you are extremely careful to limit your total acetaminophen use (from all sources added together) to 4 grams per day. The acetaminophen content of Percocet is 325 mg, 500 mg, or 650 mg, depending on the strength.