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Is Oxycodone the Same as Percocet?


Oxycodone and Percocet are both medications that are used to treat moderate to severe pain, which have important similarities and differences that people who suffer from pain and are prescribed these medications should be aware of.

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is the generic name for a type of opioid pain medication, which is available under several different brand names including Dazidox, Endocodone, ETH-Oxydose, M-Oxy, OxyContin, Oxyfast, OxyIR, Percolone, Roxicodone, and Roxicodone Intensol.

All brands of oxycodone are “Schedule II controlled substances” meaning that while these pain medications have a legitimate medical use, these medications have a strong potential for addiction or abuse.

What is Percocet?

Percocet is a combination pain medication that actually contains oxycodone in addition to acetaminophen. Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen tablets) is the brand name given to a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen that is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

Since the medicines that make up Percocet are generic, the combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen are manufactured by several different pharmaceutical companies. Other brand names for products that contain a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen include Endocet, Magnacet, Primalev, Primlev, Roxicet, Tylox, and Xolox.

Percocet also is a “Schedule II controlled substance.”

How Do These Pain Medications Work?

Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever also referred to as a narcotic. Acetaminophen is 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, thus why therapies such as Percocet contain both pain medications.