Percocet is a mix of acetaminophen (a pain and fever medicine) and oxycodone (a pain medicine). Oxycodone is part of a family of drugs called opioids. Doctors prescribe them to treat moderate to severe pain.
Other brand names include:
Possible Side Effects
If you take Percocet, you may:
How to Manage
Constipation, or trouble passing stool is common. Follow these tips to ease discomfort:
Avoid driving and other potentially dangerous tasks if Percocet makes you sleepy. You should also avoid alcohol and other sedatives, unless your doctor says they’re OK to take.
Taking it with or without food may help with nausea or vomiting. Try both to see what works for you. Your doctor might also prescribe drugs to ease nausea.
How to Stop
Tell your doctor if you want to quit taking Percocet. Stopping suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms. These include:
- Runny nose, watery eyes, and yawning
- Restlessness or anxiety
- Crankiness or changes in mood
- More pain
- Goosebumps, chills, or sweating
- Belly pain
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Muscle cramps or aches, joint pain
- Tremors or muscle twitching
- Rapid heart rate
- Changes in blood pressure
- Trouble sleeping
- Thoughts of suicide
The doctor will slowly wean you off. They may be able to prescribe another drug with fewer side effects.
When to Call 911
Call 911 or go to the emergency room right away if you have signs of a possible overdose. They include:
- Bluish lips or skin
- Loss of consciousness
- Cold, clammy skin
- Feeling really sleepy
- General feeling of discomfort or illness
- Low blood pressure or pulse
- Slow breathing
In addition to an overdose, Get emergency medical help if you have:
- trouble breathing,
- shortness of breath
- fast heartbeat
- chest pain
- swelling of your face, tongue, or throat
- extreme drowsiness
- light-headedness when changing positions
- feeling faint,
- high body temperature
- trouble walking
- stiff muscles
- mental changes such as confusion.
If you are taking opioids, it’s a good idea to have a naloxone kit available which can reverse a potentially life threatening overdose. You can ask your doctor to prescribe one and in some states you can buy them without a prescription at the pharmacy.