Percocet 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 used to relieve moderate to severe pain.
Due of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse, even at recommended doses, Percocet is only prescribed when treatment with non-opioid pain relieving medication has not been tolerated or has not provided adequate pain relief.
You should not use Percocet if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
Do not use if you have used a MAO Inhibiter in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine, or have received a methylene blue injection.
This medicine can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. Use only your prescribed dose, and swallow the pill whole to avoid a potentially fatal dose. Never share with another person.
MISUSE OF THIS MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Do not take more than is recommended. An overdose of oxycodone or acetaminophen (both present in ) can cause death. Call your doctor at once if you have nausea,
pain in your upper stomach, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools,
or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or eyes).
Oxycodone (present ) may cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother has taken Percocet during pregnancy.