Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen)
Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is the strongest prescription combination pain medicine for as needed pain relief, but make sure you don’t take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.
- Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (oxycodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
- Provides quick relief for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
- Generally considered stronger than Norco or other combination pain medicine for treating pain.
- Good for as-needed, short-term use, but may be helpful to manage more long-term pain problems if used at the appropriate doses and intervals.
- Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
- Can help you fall asleep easier.
- Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
- Everyone will get constipation – always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you’re taking Percocet if you need.
- All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
- The non-opioid part of Percocet, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
- Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
- Avoid alcohol.
Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Oxycodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.
- Drug class: Pain
- Rx status: Prescription only
- Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (oxycodone / acetaminophen)
- Pain (moderate to moderately-severe)