Percocet is pain killer used to treat moderate to severe acute (short-term) pain. The active ingredients of Percocet are oxycodone and acetaminophen.
How should you take Percocet?
Percocet may be taken with meals or with milk.
If you miss a dose…
If you take Percocet on a regular schedule, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
What side effects may occur?
Side effects may include: dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, sedation, vomiting
You may be able to alleviate some of these side effects by lying down.
Why should Percocet not be prescribed?
You should not use Percocet if you are sensitive to either acetaminophen or oxycodone.
Recommended dosage for Percocet
The usual dose is 1 to 2 tablets of the lowest strength (2.5 milligrams oxycodone/325 milligrams acetaminophen) every 6 hours. Doctors sometimes prescribe a higher dose if necessary. The total daily dose of acetaminophen should not exceed 4 grams. The maximum daily dose recommended for each strength of Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) is as follows:
2.5 milligrams/325 milligrams: 12 tablets
5 milligrams/325 milligrams: 12 tablets
7.5 milligrams/500 milligrams: 8 tablets
10 milligrams/625 milligrams: 6 tablets
The safety and effectiveness of Percocet have not been established in children.
A severe overdose of Percocet can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately.Symptoms of Percocet overdose may include: Bluish skin, eyes or skin with yellow tone, cold and clammy skin, decreased or irregular breathing (ceasing in severe overdose), extreme sleepiness progressing to stupor or coma, heart attack, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, nausea, slow heartbeat, sweating, vague bodily discomfort, vomiting
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