Percocet, which is also known as oxycodone/APAP, is a narcotic prescription medication that has been approved for treating moderate to severe chronic and acute pain. It is most commonly prescribed for use in short-term pain which may be due to injuries, surgery, or dental procedures. The prescription drug Percocet can also be used on occasion for migraines, chronic pain, or various other kinds of chronic or acute conditions that bring about pain.
Brand Names: Percocet, Endocet, Roxicet, Tylox
How Does Percocet Work?Percocet is actually a combination of drugs. It contains oxycodone and acetaminophen. The Oxycodone is considered a narcotic opioid for pain relief. Chemically, it is related to codeine. The oxycodone part of Percocet can be effective in decreasing pain as well as relieving cough. It can cause drowsiness as well as decreased breathing.
Percocet Interaction IssuesIf you combine an antidepressant along with Percocet you may increase the chances of side effects. Side effects can include drowsiness, memory loss, confusion, and difficulty breathing. Some serious side effects can also occur.
Side effects of PercocetYou must seek emergency help if you experience any type of allergic reaction with this drug. These include: sudden rash or hives, any difficulty in breathing, sudden swelling of throat, face, tongue, or lips. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following serious side effects:
- slow heartbeat
- feeling light-headed
- shallow breathing
- stomach pain
- nausea or sudden loss of appetite
- dark urine
Missed dose of PercocetBecause Percocet is only taken when needed, most people do not have a set dose schedule. If you take Percocet regularly and miss a dose, then take the missed one when you remember, unless it is nearly time for the regular dose. If that happens, skip missed dose completely and wait for the next scheduled dose. You cannot double up on this drug. Doing so can be dangerous.
Percocet Overdose IssuesIf you overdose on Percocet, get emergency medical attention immediately. Understand that an overdose of this drug may be fatal.
Percocet Addiction IssuesPercocet is a narcotic and as such can be abused. In fact, many people have become addicted to it. The specific signs of Percocet addiction can be hard to distinguish. If you suspect you are becoming addicted, see your doctor.
- Using up prescriptions too fast
- See more than one doctor in order to get more Percocet prescriptions
- Reporting lost prescriptions when you know you are lying
- Not being able to live happily without the Percocet