What is Percocet (Percoset)?
Percocet (Percoset) is a narcotic analgesic and is used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. It contains a combination of two medicines - acetaminophen and oxycodone.
Acetaminophen is used to reduce both pain and fever. Oxycodone, a narcotic analgesic, is used for its calming effect and for pain.
The narcotic works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, while acetaminophen decreases the formation of certain chemicals (eg, prostaglandins), which reduces pain.
Percocet (Percoset) may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach, although doing so may decrease its effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about alternatives for decreasing nausea (such as taking antihistamines or lying down for 1 to 2 hours with minimal head movement). If you miss a dose of Percocet (Percoset) and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
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