Percocet should not be taken by individuals who are allergic to Oxycodone and Acetaminophen or any of the ingredients in the medication. It is contraindicated for patients with severe respiratory depression, acute or severe bronchial asthma, status asthmaticus, gastrointestinal obstruction including paralytic ileus, hypersensitivity to oxycodone, acetaminophen, or any other ingredient in the product. Oxycodone, found in Percocet, can suppress breathing and worsen abdominal conditions or make their diagnosis difficult. Patients with inflammatory or obstructive bowel disease, acute cholecystitis, or pancreatitis should consult a doctor before taking this medication. Dependence and withdrawal symptoms may occur due to the presence of oxycodone. Individuals who have experienced head injuries are at a higher risk of experiencing side effects from this medication. Those with reduced kidney and liver function should consult their doctor before taking this medication as acetaminophen may cause decreased liver function and worsen these conditions. If you are about to undergo surgery of the biliary tract, avoid taking this medication. Individuals with low thyroid, Addison’s disease, urethral stricture, decreased adrenal gland function, or porphyria should consult a doctor before taking this medication. Be aware of the risks of drug interactions and exercise caution.
Some side effects can be managed or disappear over time, but if any become severe, it is important to immediately contact a doctor. These side effects include constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, itching, fainting, mood changes, nausea, and vomiting. Serious side effects may include agitation, hallucination, blurred vision, lower back pain, confusion, difficulty sleeping, signs of an allergic reaction, redness or flushing of the face, and liver problems. If convulsions or seizures, serious allergic reactions, breathing problems, cold clammy skin, slow heartbeat, or severe weakness occur, stop taking the medication immediately.
The dosage for Percocet varies individually and depends on the severity of the pain. However, the usual recommended dosage is one tablet every six hours for pain relief. Do not abruptly terminate or increase the dosage without consulting your doctor.