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What is Percocet?

What is Percocet?

Percocet is prescribed for patients suffering from mild to moderate pain. The following article provides information on this drug.
Rajib Singha
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
Percocet belongs to the class of narcotics. It is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means that the use of this drug is governed under strict laws and regulations due to the high potential for abuse. It is a painkiller that helps relieve mild to moderate pain. Its use is recommended for people affected by migraines or any other illness that is characterized by pain. Also, pain which arises due to surgery, injury or dental procedure, can be managed by the help of the drug.
The main constituents of this drug are acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride. The former is known to be a non-prescription drug that deals with pain and helps in reducing fever. The latter also helps in reducing pain and coughing. These two drugs are used in combination for reducing the abuse potential of oxycodone, and also to improve its effectiveness as a drug.
Side Effects
Not every user is likely to experience side effects on using this drug. Moreover, the side effects are generally mild and tolerated well. Common side effects include:
  • Nausea (that may or may not be accompanied by vomiting)
  • Itching
  • Drowsiness, dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Uneasiness
Precautions
Your health care provider must be aware of your medical history, before he prescribes you with drugs and medication. Do inform the doctor, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Inform your doctor if you are affected by the following conditions:
  • Hypotension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Asthma
  • Stomach pain
  • Addison's disease
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Shallow breathing
  • Dry mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Fainting
  • Lung disorders
  • Allergies
  • Any injury to the head that may have been incurred in the past
  • Pancreatic disease
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Disease of the kidneys
  • Mental disorders
  • Alcohol or drug addiction
  • Brain tumor
Overdose
Many a time it may happen that a person exceeds the required dosage of the drug. The common signs which may be indicative of this fact, irrespective if he/she is tolerant towards this drug will exhibit these symptoms:
  • Poor feeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Yellowish urine
  • Symptoms of jaundice may occur
  • Confusion
  • Blood sugar may drop
  • Liver disease causing failure
In extreme cases, the overdose could prove to be fatal for the user. Thus, make sure that the drug is taken in accordance with the dosage recommended by the doctor.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.