Percocet Overdose

Signs of a Percocet overdose include difficulty breathing; yellowing of the skin; and cold, clammy skin. It's essential to get treatment as soon as possible after an overdose in order to reduce your risk of life-threatening effects. If the overdose of Percocet was recent, a healthcare provider may give an antidote, induce vomiting, or pump the stomach to prevent the medication from being absorbed in the body.

An Introduction to Overdosing on Percocet

Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription medicine used to treat pain. It contains two medications: acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and oxycodone (a potent narcotic). As with any medication, it is possible to take too much Percocet, and an overdose can be quite dangerous. The specific effects of a Percocet overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Percocet dosage and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
 

Symptoms of a Percocet Overdose

The acetaminophen component of Percocet may cause the following symptoms in the case of an overdose:
 
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Dark urine
  • Confusion
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Bleeding
  • Liver failure
  • Loss of life.
     
The oxycodone component may cause the following symptoms in the case of an overdose:
 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme drowsiness, leading to a coma
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • A slow heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Loss of life.
     
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