What is Percocet?
Percocet is a painkiller that combines oxycodone and acetaminophen. It helps in relieving moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever, and acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever.
Percocet is related to a class of drugs known as analgesics, opioid combos.
Percocet is available in multiple brand and generic versions. This medicine requires a prescription and is not easily available. However, people can buy Percocet online with a prescription. If you want to order Percocet online, make sure that it comes with a proper prescription label and medication guidelines.
Types of Percocet
Percocet is available in the following strengths:
Percocet 2.5/325 mg: These are pink oval tablets, imprinted with “PERCOCET” on one side and “2.5” on the other. The dosage for adults is 2 tablets every six hours as needed for pain.
Percocet 5/325 mg: These are blue, round tablets, imprinted with “PERCOCET” and “5” on one side and bisect on the other. The usual dosage for adults is one tablet every 6 hours as needed for pain.
Percocet 7.5/500 mg: These are peach, oval-shaped tablets imprinted with “PERCOCET” on one side and “7.5/325” on the other. The maximum daily dose of this drug should not exceed 8 tablets.
Percocet 10/325 mg: These are yellow, capsule-shaped tablets imprinted with “PERCOCET” on one side and “10/325” on the other. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 6 tablets.
How to take Percocet?
The dosage of this medicine will depend upon the medical condition and response to treatment.
You should take this medication as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this drug in larger amounts or for longer than the prescribed duration. Taking this drug too often or in high amounts may lead to an overdose which can damage your liver or cause death.
Before going through any surgery and medical tests, tell the doctor that you are using this medicine.
People can take Percocet with or without food. Take this medicine with food if you have nausea.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly because it may cause withdrawal symptoms. The risk of withdrawal is higher in people who have used this medicine for a long time or high doses. The withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, mood changes, watering eyes, running nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden behavior changes.
What to know before taking Percocet?
Before taking this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Percocet or other opioids such as morphine or codeine. Avoid using Percocet if you have recently consumed alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other opioid medicines.
Percocet is highly addictive and may slow or stop your breathing. Using this drug in high amounts may lead to an overdose. The overdose symptoms may include breathing problems, unusually tired or sleepy.
Do not take this medicine if you have breathing problems or a blockage in your stomach or intestines.
Before using Percocet, tell your doctor if you ever had:
personal or family history of substance abuse
stomach or intestinal problems
This drug can make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not do anything that requires alertness, like driving a vehicle or operating machinery until you can do it safely.
Old age people may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine. The side effects may include confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, and slow breathing.
Do not use this drug during pregnancy because it may harm your unborn baby.
This drug passes into breastmilk and may cause undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
What are the side effects of Percocet?
The common side effects of Percocet include:
feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
The serious side effects of Percocet are as follows:
loss of appetite
upper stomach pain
yellowing of eyes or skin
unusual bruising or bleeding
unusual thoughts or behavior
You should get medical help right away if you have severe side effects such as seizure, fainting, slow or shallow breathing, extreme drowsiness, or difficulty waking up.
Acetaminophen may cause a severe skin reaction. The symptoms may include skin redness or a rash. Seek medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction which includes rash, itching or swelling,
This drug can cause constipation. Make sure to eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise to prevent constipation. You can also take a laxative.
This drug may increase the chance of a heart attack or stroke. The risk is higher in people who use this drug for a long time or have heart disease.
What to avoid while using Percocet?
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Percocet because it can cause extreme drowsiness or dizziness. Taking this drug with alcohol can cause liver damage in some cases.
There are many medicines that can interact with Percocet. It includes certain pain medications such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, and butorphanol. Taking Percocet with other medicines may increase the side effects. The side effects may include drowsiness or breathing problems.
Drugs that will affect Percocet are as follows:
sedative drugs including diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax
cold or allergy medicine
medicines for motion sickness
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while using Percocet because it might increase the side effects of the drug.