Drug Class and Mechanism of Action of Percocet
Percocet is the combination of two medicines – Oxycodone and Acetaminophen. Both of the drug components are pain-relievers. Oxycodone is the narcotic one and the Acetaminohpen - non-narcotic one.
Therapeutic Uses of Percocet
The medication is intended to decrease moderate and severe pain. The components of the medication affect the brain parts responsible for the pain and thus reduce it.
Direction of use of Percocet
The medication should be taken orally within meal as well as before or after it. Liquid medication should be taken with the help of medication measuring device.
- Strictly follow the doctor’s prescriptions without increasing or decreasing the dosage on your own. Furthermore don’t increase or reduce the frequency of the medication intake without previous consultation with your health-care provider.
- Prolonged use of the medication may provide decreased drug efficiency. Contact your doctor in case you think the drug effectiveness decreased.
- Avoid using acetaminophen in combination with this drug as it already contains it.
Dose of Percocet, if Missed
In case you have missed to take the medication do it at the time you have remembered about it. However skip it in case it almost the time for your next dosage and follow your common dosing schedule. Avoid taking two doses at once.
How to Store Percocet
Keep the medication at the temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) in a dark and dry place beyond the reach of children and pets. Do not keep the drug in bathroom. Discard the medication properly. Contact your health-care provider to know details.
More Information About Percocet
Avoid giving the medication to the people who are not prescribed to use it. Make sure you keep the medical appointments.
Precautions to be Taken While Taking Percocet
Let your doctor know about any of the following list before starting the therapy:
- allergy to any component of the drug or any allergy at all
- breathing problems, severe diarrhea
- your medical history (especially: liver disease, kidney disease, difficulty urinating, alcohol use, drug dependency, heart problems, abdominal/stomach problems, lung diseases, seizure disorders, head injuries or brain diseases, spinal problems, low thyroid disease, adrenal gland problems, psychiatric problems)
- you are within pregnancy or breast-feeding period or you are going to become pregnant (the medication shouldn’t be used within these periods of time)
Also pay the attention to the following information:
- avoid using alcohol within drug therapy period
- elderly patients should take the medication with caution as they may turn to be more sensitive to its effect
Possible Adverse Effects
The use of the medication may cause several side effects. Contact your doctor at once in case you experience any of the following side effects: nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, flushing, vision changes, or mental/mood changes.
Let your doctor know promptly in case you have any the following serious side effects: slow/irregular breathing, slow/irregular heartbeat, and change in the amount of urine.
Contact your doctor immediately in case you experience any allergic reaction (allergy are quite rare but still may occur). The symptoms of the allergy may be: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
In case you experience any side effects not mentioned above – contact your doctor for advice at once.