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Effects of Percocet

Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription medicine commonly used for relieving moderate to moderately severe pain. Percocet has many beneficial effects. It can be used for treating short-term pain (such as pain due to a surgery, dental procedure, or injury), as well as 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 is a semi-synthetic narcotic that is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, (but also causes drowsiness and decreased breathing). Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®.
Adding acetaminophen to oxycodone makes both medications more effective at relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of oxycodone, as the maximum dose of Percocet is typically limited by the acetaminophen content.
(Click Percocet for more information about specific effects of this drug, to learn about its side effects, and to find out what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
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