The prescription pain reliever Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is specifically used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. It is commonly used for treating short-term pain due to surgeries, injuries, or dental procedures. It can also occasionally be used to treat migraines, chronic pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
Percocet contains two different medications: acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride. Oxycodone (a narcotic) is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness and decreased breathing. Acetaminophen (a pain reliever and fever reducer) is commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. Adding acetaminophen to oxycodone makes both medications more effective at relieving pain.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with Percocet. In clinical studies, some of the most common side effects that were reported with this drug included:
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