How Does Percocet Work?

Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription narcotic medication. It is approved for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Many people may wonder, "How does it work?"
 
Percocet contains two different medications: acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic, narcotic opioid pain reliever. It is chemically related to codeine. Oxycodone 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®. APAP is an acronym for one of the chemical names for acetaminophen. 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 on how the drug works, to find out how Percocet should be taken, and to learn about the warnings and precautions associated with this medication.)
 
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