What Is Percocet?
Percocet is available as a generic medication. In the United States, the wholesale cost per dose is less than $4 as of 2020. Oxycodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce fever.
It was the 54th most prescribed medication in the United States in 2016, with more than 14 million prescriptions. Percocet has been a common drug of abuse. A number of abuse-deterrent formulations are available, such as in combination with naloxone.
How do People use Percocet?
Percocet oral is taken by mouth as directed 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.
Percocet dosage is based 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 prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed.
Suddenly stopping this medication may cause withdrawal, especially if you have used it for a long time or in high doses. To prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly.
Tell your doctor 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, and a few more
When Percocet is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
Percocet treats pain in many people but nevertheless, Percocet may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder such as an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction.
What Should I Avoid While Taking this Drug?
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Percocet will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur. Ask a doctor before using any other medicine that may contain acetaminophen. Taking certain medications together can lead to a fatal overdose.
What Are The Side Effects Of Percocet Use?
Percocet use comes along with common side effects like Nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, or drowsiness. Some of these effects may decrease after you have been using this medication for a while. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your pharmacist promptly.
To prevent constipation, eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise. You may also need to take a laxative. Ask your pharmacist which type of laxative is right for you.
NB: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking Percocet and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor. The paragraphs below elaborate more on the subject.