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What is in Percocet?

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Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen tablets) is a brand name for a type of pain medication manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Percocet contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Since the medicines that make up Percocet are generic, the combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen can be manufactured by other companies. Other brand names for products that contain a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen include Endocet, Magnacet, Primalev, Primlev, Roxicet, Tylox, and Xolox.

Type of Medication

Percocet contains oxycodone, an opioid pain reliever also referred to as a narcotic, and acetaminophen, a less potent pain reliever that is found in many over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol. Acetaminophen works to increase the effects of oxycodone when used together.

Additionally, Percocet is a “Schedule II controlled substance” meaning that while it has a legitimate medical use, it has a strong potential for addiction or abuse.

Indications

Percocet is indicated for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

Dosage

Given as an oral tablet, the total daily dose of Percocet should not exceed four grams. Dosage should be adjusted according to the severity of the pain and the response of the patient.

Percocet is available in six different doses:

• Percocet 2.5 mg oxycodone/325 mg of acetaminophen: the usual dosage is 2 tablets every 6 hours, not to exceed 12 tablets per day.
• Percocet 5 mg oxycodone/325 mg of acetaminophen: the usual dosage is one tablet every 6 hours, not to exceed 12 tablets per day
• Percocet 7.5 mg oxycodone/325 mg of acetaminophen: the usual dosage is one tablet every 6 hours, not to exceed 8 tablets per day.
• Percocet 7.5 mg oxycodone/500 mg of acetaminophen: the usual dosage is one tablet every 6 hours, not to exceed 8 tablets per day.
• Percocet 10 mg oxycodone/325 mg of acetaminophen: the usual dosage is one tablet every 6 hours, not to exceed 6 tablets per day.
• Percocet 10 mg oxycodone/650 mg of acetaminophen: the usual dosage is one tablet every 6 hours, not to exceed 6 tablets per day.

Potential Side Effects

According to the Percocet Prescribing Information, serious adverse reactions that may be associated with Percocet may include respiratory depression, apnea, respiratory arrest, circulatory depression, hypotension, and shock. The most frequently observed non-serious adverse reactions of Percocet include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness or sedation, nausea, and vomiting.

As with any medication, it’s important to keep an open dialogue with your doctor about how you are feeling and any side effects you experience while taking Percocet.

Source: Percocet Prescribing Information