Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It is a narcotic and is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use. The pills can be taken either "as needed" (typically every six hours) or on a scheduled basis, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions.
People may become addicted to Percocet. In fact, this is a commonly abused drug because it is readily available and inexpensive, especially in generic form. Because Percocet is a highly desired drug of abuse, people often obtain it through illegal means, such as from foreign countries or online sources that do not require a prescription. People who abuse the drug and suddenly stop using it are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking Percocet if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence
- Gallbladder or pancreas disease
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Severe abdominal (stomach) pain
- Addison's disease
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Seizures or epilepsy.
(Click Percocet for information on how this drug works, for more suggestions on when and how to take the pills, and to learn about Percocet's potential side effects.)