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Percocet Risks

Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a narcotic pain medication that is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. It has a significant potential for abuse and can cause both physical and psychological dependence. Before you start taking it, risks associated with Percocet should be reviewed with your healthcare provider.
Percocet is not suitable for everyone. You should not take this pain reliever if you have significant respiratory depression (slow or ineffective breathing due to a variety of causes) that is not treated, severe asthma, high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, or a bowel obstruction. You should also avoid taking Percocet if you are allergic to any active or inactive ingredients used to make the medicine.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with Percocet. Some of the most common side effects that were reported with this drug during clinical studies include constipation, nausea (with or without vomiting), drowsiness, and dizziness or lightheadedness. In most cases, side effects of Percocet are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily.
(Click Percocet Side Effects and Percocet Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential risks, including other side effects or complications that may occur with the use of this medication.)
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