What is Percocet?
Percocet (Percocet Tablet) contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone.
Percocet is use to relieve moderate to severe pain (Percocet Tablet).
Due of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse, even at recommend doses, Percocet is only prescribe when treatment with non-opioid pain relieving medication has not been tolerate or has not provide adequate pain relief.
How to use Percocet
See also Warning section.
Read the Medication Guide providd by your pharmacist before you start taking oxycodone/acetaminophen and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist (Percocet Tablet).
Take this medication by mouth as directe by your doctor. You may take this drug with or without food. If you have nausea, it may help to take this drug with food. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to decrease nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as little head movement as possible).
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If you are using a liquid form of this medication, use a medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribe dose. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose (Percocet Tablet).
The dosage is base on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose, take the medication more frequently, or take it for a longer time than prescribd. Properly stop the medication when so directe.
Pain medications work best if they are use as the first signs of pain occur. If you wait until the pain has worsene, the medication may not work as well (Percocet Tablet).
If you have ongoing pain, Percocet Tablet (such as due to cancer), your doctor may direct you to also take long-acting opioid medications. In that case, this medication might be used for sudden (breakthrough) pain only as need. Other pain relievers (such as ibuprofen, naproxen) may also be prescribe with this medication. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using oxycodone safely with other drugs (Percocet Tablet).
Suddenly stopping this medication may cause withdrawal, especially if you have use it for a long time or in high doses. To prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have any withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, mental/mood changes (including anxiety, trouble sleeping, thoughts of suicide), watering eyes, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, muscle aches, or sudden changes in behavior.
When this medication is use for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribe to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Tell your doctor if your pain does not get better or if it gets worse.