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What is Percocet?
Percocet is a pain reliever that contains oxycodone as well as acetaminophen. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever. Acetaminophen, on the other hand, is a less potent pain reliever that enhances the effects of oxycodone.
If you have recently used sedatives, alcohol, tranquilizers, or other opioid medications, you should not take Percocet. Percocet should not be used if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the previous 14 days. Some MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine, or if you have had a methylene blue injection.
Oxycodone can slow or stop your breathing and may be habit-forming. To avoid a potentially fatal dose, take only the prescribed dose and swallow the whole pill. Do not share Percocet with another person.
Do not take more Percocet than prescribed. An overdose of oxycodone or acetaminophen (both of which are present in Percocet) can be fatal. If you have nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice, call your doctor right away.
Oxycodone, present in Percocet, may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother has taken Percocet during pregnancy.
Do not stop taking Percocet and call your doctor right away if you have skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.
If you combine Percocet with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, fatal side effects can occur.
If you have breathing issues, severe asthma, or have a blockage in your stomach or intestines, you should not use Percocet.
What to know before taking Percocet?
You should not take Percocet if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including acetaminophen or oxycodone, or if you have any of the following conditions:
- severe asthma or breathing difficulties
- a blockage in your intestines or stomach
To ensure that Percocet is safe for you, inform your doctor if you have ever had:
- breathing difficulties, sleep apnea
- liver disease
- a drug or alcohol dependency
- kidney disease
- a head injury or seizures
- urination problems
- problems with your thyroid, pancreas, or gallbladder
If you use Percocet while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on the drug. This can lead to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Babies born addicted to opioids may require medical treatment for several weeks.
If you become pregnant while taking oxycodone, do not stop taking it abruptly without first consulting your doctor. You may need to reduce your medication gradually.
Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine. Oxycodone can enter the breast milk and cause drowsiness, breathing difficulties, or death in a nursing baby. Before taking oxycodone, inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
How to take Percocet?
Take Percocet by mouth as directed by your doctor. Never take this medication in larger amounts or for a longer time than prescribed. An overdose may harm your liver or cause death. Inform your doctor if you have an increased desire to use this medication.
If you need surgery or medical tests, notify your doctor ahead of time that you are taking Percocet. You can order Percocet online with a prescription.
You should not suddenly stop using Percocet. Suddenly stopping Percocet may cause withdrawal, especially if you have used it for a long time or in high doses. Your doctor may lower your dose gradually to prevent withdrawal. You can buy Percocet online.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while using Percocet unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit increases the chance of side effects with this medicine.
For moderate to severe pain
Adults- Take 1 or 2 tablets orally every six hours as needed.
Children- Your doctor must determine use and dose.
For oral administration (extended-release tablets):
Adults- 2 tablets every 12 hours as needed.
An overdose of Percocet can be fatal, especially if taken by a child or someone who does not have a prescription. The overdose symptoms may include severe drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, pinpoint pupils, slow breathing, or no breathing.
If someone has overdosed and is experiencing serious symptoms such as passing out or difficulty breathing, give them naloxone if it is available.
Naloxone can be purchased from a pharmacy or the local health department by anyone. Make sure anyone looking after you knows where you keep your naloxone and how to use it.
What to avoid while using Percocet?
Do not drive or operating heavy machinery until you know how Percocet affects you. Drowsiness or dizziness can lead to falls, accidents, or serious injuries.
Do not drink alcohol while using Percocet. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.
Before taking any other medication containing acetaminophen (sometimes abbreviated as APAP), consult your doctor or pharmacist. Taking certain medications at the same time can result in a fatal overdose.
Percocet side effects
Common side effects include:
- dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired
- constipation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
- blurred vision
- itching, red eyes, or flushing
- feelings of extreme happiness or sadness
- dry mouth
Acetaminophen can cause a potentially fatal skin reaction in rare cases. This could happen even if you have previously taken acetaminophen or Tylenol with no adverse effects. If you experience skin redness or a rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor right away.
Oxycodone has the potential to slow or stop your breathing, resulting in death. If you have symptoms such as slow breathing with long pauses, blue-colored lips, or are difficult to wake up, someone caring for you should administer naloxone and seek emergency medical attention.
Serious side effects
- breathing that is noisy, sighing, shallow breathing, or breathing that stops while sleeping
- a weak pulse or a slow heartbeat
- a light-headed feeling
- cold, clammy skin
- weakness, tiredness, fever, unusual bruising, or bleeding
- urination problems
- confusion, unusual thoughts, or behavior
Serious breathing problems are more common in the elderly, the debilitated, and those with wasting syndrome or chronic breathing disorders.
Long-term opioid use can affect men’s and women’s fertility (ability to have children). The long-term effects of opioids on fertility are unknown.
What drugs can interact with Percocet?
Opioid drugs can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:
- cold or allergy medicines, bronchodilator asthma/COPD medication,
- medicines for motion sickness, irritable bowel syndrome, or overactive bladder
- other opioids – opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine;
- a sedative like Valium – diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam, Xanax, Klonopin, Versed, and others
- drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing – a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, medicine to treat mood disorders or mental illness
- drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body – a stimulant or medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or nausea and vomiting.