Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen, Roxicet, Tylox, Oxycet)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)?

  • Oxycodone is a strong narcotic pain-reliever and cough suppressant similar to morphine, codeine, and hydrocodone.

Is Percocet available as a generic drug?

  • Yes

Do I need a prescription for Percocet?

  • Yes

Why is Percocet prescribed to patients?

  • Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) is prescribed for the relief of moderate to moderately-severe pain.

What are the side effects of Percocet?

The most frequent adverse reactions of Percocet (oxycodone/acetaminophen) include:

Other important side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Spasm of the ureter, which can lead to difficulty in urinating

Possible serious side effects include:

  • Severe reduction in blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Paralytic ileus
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Severe skin reactions

Oxycodone can depress breathing and, therefore, is used with caution in elderly, debilitated patients and in patients with serious lung disease. Oxycodone can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery.

Is Percocet addicting?

  • Oxycodone can be habit-forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur, but are unlikely when used for short-term pain relief.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2016

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