What is Percocet?
Generic Name: Acetaminophen and Oxycodone.
Brand Names: Percocet, Endocet, Xartemis XR, Primlev, Roxicet.
Percocet is the brand name for acetaminophen and oxycodone. It is also in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. It is a powerful narcotic that is often used to treat moderate to severe pain. The narcotic works by binding to the opioid receptors found in the brain and spinal cord. At the same time, the analgesic/antipyretic decreases the formation of specific chemicals which substantially reduces the pain threshold.
Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever medication.
Acetaminophen is a less potent drug. However, it is also used for pain relief that increases the effects of oxycodone. It is available in capsules and Percocet tablets. Adults should not take more than 4 grams (4,000 mg) of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period as it can cause liver disease.
Some medications can interact with this drug and diminish its effectiveness, causing difficulty breathing and sedation. While taking Percocet, you should avoid alcohol, tranquilizers and sleeping pills. Additionally, individuals who are allergic to any ingredient in Percocet, those with severe diarrhea due to antibiotic use, and those taking naltrexone, should avoid taking this narcotic pain reliever. It is not recommended for children. Elderly users should also remain cautious as they may be more sensitive to the side effects.
Misuse or abuse of this drug can cause addiction, overdose or even death. Especially in a child or an individual using the medication without a prescription.