Prescribing Percocet for Chronic Pain


What is Percocet?

Percocet is the brand name of acetaminophen/oxycodone. A combination of a narcotic and an analgesic/antipyretic functions in the brain and nervous symptom to decrease your pain symptoms. Percocet contains both acetaminophen and oxycodone. 

How is Percocet used?

Ask your healthcare provider along with reading the medicine label to better understand how to take Percocet with the appropriate dosage. You can orally ingest the medication with or without food, if you notice an upset stomach then take medication with food. Do not abruptly stop taking your dose or change the dosage when using the medication for an extended period of time. Do not take 2 doses together. 

Why is Percocet used?

Percocet is commonly used for alleviating moderate-severe pain. The mechanism of acetaminophen blocks the effects of the enzyme, cyclo-oxygenase (COX). While oxycodone binds to the opioid receptors that disrupt the pain signals to the brain. 

What are the side effects of Percocet?

The common side effects of the drug include: Dizziness, blurred vision, drowsiness, and light-headedness. The common side effects to contact your healthcare provider include: Black tarry stools, abdominal or stomach pain, chills, dizziness, dark urine, fever, headache, light-colored stools, jaundice, weakness, vomiting, rash, nausea, and loss of appetite. Avoid mixing with alcohol can heighten the side effects of Percocet.  

When using acetaminophen, you can experience severe as well as fatal side effects. Stay away from the use of Percocet if you are allergic to acetaminophen or oxycodone, hypercarbia, paralytic ileus, asthma, reduced or difficulty breathing, and/or taking sodium oxybate (GHB).

Patient Tips

The drug with the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone is more beneficial than the using the drugs alone. If you experience any issues breathing, wheezing, or even facial swelling contact the emergency room. If you notice you are become habit-forming, jaundice, dark urine, light-colored stools during the use of Percocet address the issue with your healthcare professional.

This drug is not recommended to use for long extended period of time. Always be aware to keep the medication out of a child or pets reach, and can cause fatality. Ingest extended-release Percocet as a whole without cutting, crushing, or attempting to dissolve Xartemis (XR).