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Percocet Safety

Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription pain medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as narcotics. It is classified as a controlled substance, which means that special laws and regulations control its sale and use. Before you start taking this product, safety information for Percocet should be discussed with your healthcare provider to help minimize risks during the treatment process.
As a narcotic, Percocet has significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Percocet Addiction). Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed, as Percocet can cause both physical and psychological dependence.
A number of side effects have been reported with Percocet. Some side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. You should seek medical attention immediately if you experience:
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Severe constipation
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Difficulty passing urine or decreased urination
  • Severe drowsiness.
(Click Percocet Side Effects and Percocet Warnings and Precautions for more information, including a more complete list of potential side effects and warnings on who should not use this medication.)
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