Combination medicines like Percocet contain narcotic analgesics (Oxycodone) and Acetaminophen, and are used to relieve pain. This combination may provide better pain relief than either medicine used alone. In some cases, relief of pain may come at lower doses of each medicine
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, as it is unknown exactly how Percocet may affect your baby. Also tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
Avoid alcohol when taking this medicine.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and don’t stop taking Percocet without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Get medical help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur: cold, clammy skin; confusion; convulsions; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; increased sweating; low blood pressure; nausea or vomiting; nervousness or restlessness; pinpoint pupils of eyes; shortness of breath or unusually slow or troubled breathing; slow heartbeat; stomach cramps or pain; or severe weakness.
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: black, tarry stools; bloody or cloudy urine; confusion; dark urine; difficult or painful urination; fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat; frequent urge to urinate; hallucinations; increased sweating; irregular breathing or wheezing; mental depression; pain in lower back and/or side; pale stools; pinpoint red spots on skin; redness or flushing of face; ringing or buzzing in ears; skin rash, hives, or itching; sore throat and fever; sudden decrease in amount of urine; swelling of face; trembling or uncontrolled muscle movements; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual excitement; or yellow eyes or skin.
Acetaminophen, 4'-hydroxyacetanilide, is a non-opiate, non-salicylate analgesic and antipyretic which occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder, possessing a slightly bitter taste. Its molecular formula is C8H9NO2. The molecular weight is 151.17. The oxycodone component is 14-hydroxydihydrocodeinone, a white, odorless, crystalline powder having a saline, bitter taste. It is derived from the opium alkaloid thebaine. Its molecular formula is C18H21NO4·HCl. The molecular weight is 351.83.
Percocet has the following structural formula:
Generic name: Acetaminophen and oxycodone
Brand name(s): Endocet :: Roxicet :: Roxilox :: Tylox
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