This drug represents a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, which is an opioid painkiller. Another name for opioid is narcotic. Acetaminophen is a weaker analgesic increasing the effect of oxycodone.
Percocet can alleviate an intense pain and for the other purposes not indicated in the instruction.
Indications for use
Don’t take Percocet in case of recent use of alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers or other narcotic drugs.
Oxycodone may cause a decrease in respiratory function or even respiratory arrest. You shouldn’t abuse Percocet or take it longer than necessary. Even the usual doses of narcotic painkillers can cause addiction. Never give Percocet to the other person, especially to the drug addicts. Keep it out of reach. Remember that narcotic drug abuse can be addictive and result in overdose or fatal outcome (especially in children or self-medicating people).
In case you have taken MAO inhibitors, wait at least 14 days before start treatment with Percocet, as it can cause dangerous drug interaction.
Don’t abuse acetaminophen, as it can harm your liver or even result in death. Immediately consult your doctor in case of such symptoms as sickness, upper stomach pain, itching, decreased appetite, dark urine, light-brown stools or jaundice.
On rare occasions, the intake of acetaminophen may result in bad skin reaction. In such case, stop taking Percocet and immediately tell your doctor if you have the spreading skin reddening or rash.
To protect yourself, tell your doctor if you have:
- respiratory problems or pulmonary diseases;
- liver disorder, cirrhosis, or if you consume large quantity of alcohol;
- an anamnesis of drug abuse, alcoholism, or mental disorder;
- diarrhea, bowel inflammation, or a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
- renal disease or urination disorders;
- gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid diseases;
- head trauma, brain cancer or seizures in anamnesis.
This drug may cause breathing problems in older adults, seriously ill and undernourished patients.
Oxycodone may be addictive. Don’t give Percocet to somebody else, especially to the drug addicts. Keep the medication out of reach.