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Problems With Percocet

Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription pain reliever. It is a narcotic and is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. As with any medication, side effects are possible. Problems that have been reported with this drug include dizziness or lightheadedness, drowsiness, nausea, and constipation.
In most cases, side effects of Percocet are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily. However, some side effects (while occurring infrequently) are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience:
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:


    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
    • Dark urine


  • The urge to take more Percocet than prescribed or for a non-medical purpose (see Percocet Addiction)
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Severe constipation
  • Slow or irregular breathing
  • Difficulty passing urine or decreased urination
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:


    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.


(Click Percocet Side Effects to learn about other problems with Percocet, including commonly reported side effects and problems that have been reported in "postmarketing experience.")
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