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What is Percocet?

Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone/paracetamol, where Oxycodone is an opioid medication approved for medical use in 1976. The Food and Drugs Association (FDA) place Percocet in the list of schedule II of the controlled substances. Being an FDA-approved drug, Percocet is only available only with a proper prescription from a doctor, and you can take it orally. 

What are the uses of Percocet?

Your doctor will choose to treat you with Percocet if you have the following medical conditions:

  • Short term pain (moderate to severe) 
  • Fever 
  • Any other condition as they determine 

Doctors only use this medication for treatment when other medicines don’t work well enough. 

How does Percocet work?

Percocet is an opioid medication; it acts on the central nervous system and provides relief against pain. 

What to know before using Percocet?

It is best to keep the following points in mind before using Percocet:

  • Percocet is a habit-forming medication; using this medication for the long term can be fatal. 
  • You should note that buying and selling Percocet without a proper prescription is an offense under the law. 
  • Please don’t take Percocet if you have taken any MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days. 
  • Avoid taking Percocet if you have asthma or you have any blockage in your stomach or intestine.
  • To ensure that taking Percocet is safe for you, you should tell your doctor if you have or ever had the following health disorder:
    • Breathlessness or other breathing problem 
    • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping)
    • Addiction to drugs or alcohol or history thereof 
    • Kidney disease 
    • Head injuries 
    • Seizures 
    • Difficulty in urination 
    • Thyroid disorder 
  • Taking Percocet during any trimester of pregnancy may cause congenital disability to their child. It is advisable to expecting women not to take Percocet without consulting their doctor. 
  • Lactating mothers should not take Percocet without consulting their doctor; it may pass into breast milk and harm the nursing baby. 
  • Leaving Percocet out of sudden may cause you to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. 
  • You should consult your doctor, who will gradually decrease your Percocet dose to avoid the adverse effects of stopping the medicine. 
  • It is the patients’ responsibility to say to the doctor about all their current medications. Their medical professional will prescribe them Percocet accordingly to avoid interaction between drugs. The following medicines may interact with Percocet or may increase the risk of certain side effects or can make other treatments less effective:
    • Cold or allergy medications 
    • Medicines for treating asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and other breathing issues 
    • Water pills 
    • Medicines for motion sickness 
    • Medications for irritable bowel syndrome 
    • Medicines for over-reactive bladder 
    • Narcotic medication 
    • Sedatives 
    • Sleeping pills 
    • Muscles relaxers 
    • Medicines for treating mood disorder and other mental illness 
    • Stimulants 
    • Antidepressants  
    • Medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease 
    • Medicines for Migraine headache
    • Medications for treating nausea or vomiting 
    • Medicines to cure serious infections (both external and internal)
  • Taking Percocet may impair your thinking and reactions, so it is advisable to avoid getting involved in the activities that require attention and alertness.
  • Don’t use alcohol while taking Percocet to avoid dangerous interactions between the two. 
  • Please do consult your doctor before using any other medicine containing acetaminophen. Using these medicine all together may result in an overdose. 
  • Taking Percocet overdose symptoms on a lighter note can be fatal. The following are some overdose symptoms that one can experience:
    • Weak muscles 
    • Pinpoint pupils 
    • Shallow breathing 
    • Drowsiness 
    • Coma 
  • If you ever feel uneasy or experience any overdose symptoms after taking Percocet, you should consult your doctor ASAP and ask for medical help. 
  • You can also seek emergency medical assistance by calling the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222. 
  • Avoid using herbal products, nutritional supplements, and other over the counter medication while using Percocet.
  • Keep Percocet tablets out of the reach of children. They can misuse it by mistake. 
  • Store Percocet at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
  • You can ask your doctor about all the necessary precautions that you should take while using Percocet. 
  • You should consult your doctor to learn more about the risks and benefits associated with Percocet.  
  • After completion of treatment, ask a pharmacist near you about the proper disposal of leftover medicine.

Percocet dosage

Take Percocet dosage as prescribed by your doctor, and please don’t take it more often than prescribed. Your doctor should prescribe you the lowest possible dose in starting and then gradually increase or decrease your medicine dose according to your health condition. To determine a suitable dosage, they should make a full and proper medical checkup of the patient.    

Your doctor will recommend Percocet depending on several factors such as:

  • Your age 
  • Your weight
  • Your medical condition 
  • Other health disorder you already have
  • How you responded to the first dose of the medicine 

The following is the Percocet usual dose that a doctor can prescribe according to different medical conditions:

Dosage for treating moderate to severe pain

In the form of oral tablets (2.5 mg / 325 mg)

  • For adults 

One to two Percocet, after every six hours as required by the patient.  

  • For children 

Doctors will determine Percocet dosage for children after a full and proper medical examination.  

In the form of oral tablets (5 mg / 325 mg)

  • For adults 

One tablet of the medicine after every six hours as needed by the patient 

  • For children

Doctors will prescribe Percocet dose for children after a full and proper medical examination.   

In the form of oral tablets (7.5 mg / 325 mg)

  • For adults 

One tablet after every six hours as per the condition of the patient

  • For children 

Doctors will recommend the said medicine after a full and proper medical checkup.  

In the form of oral tablets (10 mg / 325 mg)

  • For adults 

One Percocet tablet after every Six hours, according to the health condition of the patient.

  • For children  

Health experts will prescribe Percocet dose for children after full and proper medical tests.

     

The common side effects of using Percocet are as follows:

  • Dizziness or drowsiness 
  • Tiredness 
  • Headache 
  • Constipation 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Itching or redness in the eyes 
  • Flushing eyes 
  • Unusual mood swings 
  • Dry mouth 

These side effects mentioned above will stop bothering you after a while, but if they don’t, you should consult your doctor ASAP and ask for medical help. You should stop taking medicine and tell your doctor if you ever experience any of the following health issues:

  • Noisy breathing 
  • Sighing 
  • Shallow breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing that stops while sleeping 
  • Slow heartbeats
  • Weak pulse 
  • Dizziness or drowsiness 
  • Cold and clammy skin 
  • Lightheadedness 
  • Weakness 
  • Tiredness 
  • Fever 
  • Unusual bruising and bleeding 
  • Confusion
  • Destructive or detrimental thoughts or behavior 
  • Seizures 
  • Difficulty in urination 
  • Symptoms of liver damage resulting in nausea or vomiting, pain in the upper stomach, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, clay-colored urine, jaundice, 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Symptoms of serotonin syndrome (fever, hallucination, agitation, fast heart rate, sweating, shivering, stiff muscles, loss of coordination, nausea or vomiting, twitching in the body, diarrhea 
  • Infertility (both in men and women)
  • Any other allergic reaction to the medicine 

You should also report to your doctor if you ever experience any other side effects or symptoms that are getting even worse.