The patents for all Percocet products have expired, and generic Percocet is available in a number of strengths. At this time, the only strength that is not available in generic form is Percocet 2.5/500 mg. Because generic Percocet is far less expensive than the brand-name version of the drug, many pharmacies do not stock brand-name Percocet.
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Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription medication. It contains two different pain medications: oxycodone (a narcotic) and acetaminophen (Tylenol®, APAP).
Brand-name Percocet is made by Endo Pharmaceuticals. However, the patents for all Percocet products have expired, and generic versions of Percocet are available.
Generic Percocet is available in the following strengths:
- Oxycodone/APAP 5/325 mg -- 5 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 mg of acetaminophen
- Oxycodone/APAP 7.5/325 mg -- 7.5 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 mg of acetaminophen
- Oxycodone/APAP 7.5/500 mg -- 7.5 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride and 500 mg of acetaminophen
- Oxycodone/APAP 10/325 mg -- 10 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride and 325 mg of acetaminophen
- Oxycodone/APAP 10/650 mg -- 10 mg of oxycodone hydrochloride and 650 mg of acetaminophen.
No generic versions of Percocet 2.5/500 mg tablets are available at this time.
Many pharmacies do not stock brand-name Percocet, because generic Percocet is significantly less expensive (and many insurance companies require people to use the generic products). If you are willing to pay full price if your insurance will not cover brand-name Percocet, your pharmacy may be willing to carry it for you.
However, many healthcare providers view requests for brand-name narcotics as a sign of abuse or diversion (selling the drugs to someone else), because brand-name narcotics usually have a higher street value than their generic versions. In almost all situations, a request for a brand-name narcotic instead of a generic may arouse your healthcare provider's suspicions.