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Habit forming? Yes
Prescription needed? Yes
Available as generic? Yes
Drug class: Narcotic, analgesic, fever reducer

Relieves pain, Reduces fever

How to take Percocet:

- Tablet or capsule: Swallow Percocet with liquid. If you can't swallow whole, crumble Percocet tablet or open capsule and take with liquid or food.

- Syrup: Mix with one-half glass of water (4 oz.) before swallowing.

- Liquid form: PERCOCET may need to be diluted with water before taking. Follow directions on label.

When to take PERCOCET:

- When needed. No more often than every 4 hours.

If you forget a PERCOCET dose:

- Take as soon as you remember.

- Wait 4 hours for next dose.

What PERCOCET does:

- May affect hypothalamus-the part of the brain that helps regulate body heat and receives body's pain messages.

- Blocks pain messages to brain and spinal cord.

- Reduces sensitivity of brain's cough control center.

Time lapse before drug works:

- 15 to 30 minutes. May last 4 hours.

Don't take with:

- Other drugs with acetaminophen.

- Too much acetaminophen can damage liver and kidneys.

- Any other medicine or any dietary supplement without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.

SYMPTOMS: Stomach upset; irritability; sweating, convulsions; deep sleep; slow breathing; slow pulse; flushed, warm skin; constricted pupils; coma.


Irregular or slow heartbeat, difficult breathing, wheezing.

Common Percocet Side Effects:

Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, headache, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, stomach cramps, overexcitement.

Infrequent Percocet Side Effects:

Black, tarry stools; bloody or cloudy urine; painful or frequent urination; fast, slow or pounding heartbeat; hallucinations; breathing problems, wheezing; back or side pain; red dots on skin; red or flushed face; ringing or buzzing in ears; skin rash, hives or itching; sore throat; (ever, face swelling; decreased urine; trembling; uncontrolled muscle movements; unusual bleeding or bruising; yellow skin or eyes.  Feeling depressed

Rare Percocet Side Effects:

Changes in vision, constipation, dry mouth, loss of appetite, restlessness, nightmares, trouble sleeping.

Don't take PERCOCET if:

- You are allergic to any narcotic or acetaminophen.

- Your symptoms don't improve after 2 days use. Call your doctor.

Before you start, consult your doctor if:

- You have bronchial asthma, kidney disease or liver damage.

- You will have surgery within 2 months, including dental surgery, requiring general or spinal anesthesia.

Over age 60:

- More likely to be drowsy, dizzy, unsteady or constipated.

- Don't exceed recommended dose.

- You can't eliminate drug as efficiently as younger persons.

- Use only if absolutely necessary.


- Risk factors vary for drugs in this group.


- Drug filters into milk.

- May harm child. Avoid.

Infants & children:

- Percocet is not recommended.

Prolonged Percocet Use: 

- With high doses and long-term use, can cause psychological and physical dependence (addiction).

- May cause chronic constipation.

Skin & sunlight:

- No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:

- Don't drive or pilot aircraft until you learn how medicine affects you.

- Don't work around dangerous machinery.

- Don't climb ladders or work in high places.

- Danger increases if you drink alcohol or take medicine affecting alertness and reflexes, such as antihistamines, tranquilizers, sedatives, pain medicine, narcotics and mind-altering drugs.


- Discontinue in 2 days if symptoms don't improve. Report to your doctor any symptoms that develop after discontinuing, such as gooseflesh, irritability, insomnia, yawning, weakness, large eye pupils.

- If used for several weeks or more, consult doctor before discontinuing.


- Lying down after the first few doses may decrease unwanted effects of nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness or dizziness.

- Advise any doctor or dentist whom you consult that you take this medicine.

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