This combination medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains an opioid pain reliever (oxycodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen). Oxycodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.
How to take Percocet
See also the Warning section.
Before beginning to take oxycodone/acetaminophen and each time you get a refill, read the medication guide that your pharmacist has provided. Ask your physician or pharmacist if you have any queries.
As prescribed by your doctor, take this medication by mouth. This medication can be used with or without food. Taking this medication with food may help if you experience nausea. Consult your physician or pharmacist about additional methods of reducing nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
If you're taking this medication, avoid eating or drinking grapefruit unless your doctor or pharmacist advises it's safe for you to. The likelihood of this medication's negative effects can be increased by grapefruit. For more information, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are taking this medication in liquid form, measure the recommended dosage precisely using a pharmaceutical measuring instrument. Avoid using a regular spoon because you could not get the right dosage.
Your medical condition and treatment response will determine the dosage. Never use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Also, never take it more regularly. When instructed, discontinue taking the medication properly.
It is recommended to take painkillers as soon as the first indications of pain appear. The drug might not function as well if you wait until the pain has gotten worse.
Your doctor could advise you to take long-acting opioid drugs as well if you experience chronic pain (such as that brought on by cancer). In that situation, this medicine might only be used occasionally to treat abrupt (breakthrough) pain. Along with this drug, other painkillers (such ibuprofen and naproxen) may also be administered. When taking additional medications safely with oxycodone, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have used this drug often or in high dosages, stopping it suddenly may result in withdrawal symptoms. Your doctor might gradually reduce your dose to prevent withdrawal. If you have any withdrawal symptoms, such as restlessness, mental/mood problems (such as anxiety, difficulties sleeping, or suicidal thoughts), watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscular aches, or abrupt changes in behavior, call your doctor or pharmacist straight away.
Long-term usage of this drug may cause it to lose some of its effectiveness. If this drug stops working as well, consult your doctor.
Despite the fact that it benefits many, this medication occasionally leads to addiction. If you suffer from a substance use disorder (such as excessive use or addiction to drugs or alcohol), your risk may be higher. In order to reduce the chance of addiction, take this medication exactly as directed. For more information, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other allergies prior to using this drug, including those to morphine, codeine, or oxymorphone. Inactive chemicals in this product have the potential to trigger allergic reactions or other issues. To learn more, speak with your pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history before taking this medication, especially of: brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor, seizures), breathing issues (such as asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (such as confusion, depression), personally or in your family history of a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol), stomach/intestinal problems (such as co (pancreatitis).
You can feel lightheaded or sleepy after taking this medication. You may become more woozy or sleepy after consuming alcohol or marijuana (cannabis). Till you can do it safely, avoid operating machinery, driving, or doing anything else that requires alertness. Avoid drinking alcohol. Consult your physician if you use marijuana (cannabis).
Inform your surgeon or dentist of all the products you use prior to surgery (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
The negative effects of this medication, particularly disorientation, drowsiness, dizziness, and shallow or sluggish breathing, may be more noticeable in older persons.
This medicine is excreted in breast milk and could harm a nursing newborn. If your infant experiences unusual tiredness, feeding issues, or breathing issues, call the doctor straight away. Before breastfeeding, speak with your doctor.
It's possible to have nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or sleepiness. After using this drug for a while, some of these adverse effects can go away. Inform your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these side effects persist or get worse.
Consume dietary fiber, get adequate water, and exercise to avoid constipation. You might also require a laxative. Find out which kind of laxative is best for you by asking your pharmacist.
When getting out of a sitting or laying posture, take it gently to lessen the chance of feeling lightheaded and dizzy.
Inform your doctor right away if you experience any severe adverse effects, such as sleep apnea, mental or emotional changes, excruciating stomach or abdominal discomfort, trouble urinating, or indications that your adrenal glands aren't functioning properly (such as loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, weight loss).
Rarely will this medication cause a very serious allergic reaction. However, if you experience any major adverse reaction symptoms, such as a rash, itching or swelling (particularly of the face, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention right away.