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What Is Percocet Used For?

Many people have heard about Percocet and may find themselves wondering, "What is it used for?" Percocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. It is commonly used to treat short-term pain due to a surgery, dental procedure, or injury. Sometimes, it is used to treat migraines, chronic pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain.
Percocet contains two different medications: acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride. Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic, narcotic opioid pain reliever that is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness and decreased breathing.
Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications such as Tylenol®. Adding acetaminophen to oxycodone makes both medications more effective at relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of oxycodone (as the maximum dose of Percocet is typically limited by the acetaminophen content).
(Click Percocet Uses for more information on what this product is used for, to find out if it is suitable for children, and to learn about possible off-label uses for the medicine.)
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