Percocet should not be taken by individuals who are allergic to Oxycodone and Acetaminophen or any of the ingredients in the medicine. It is contraindicated for patients with severe respiratory depression, acute or severe bronchial asthma, status asthmaticus, gastrointestinal obstruction including paralytic ileus, hypersensitivity to oxycodone, acetaminophen, or any other ingredient in the product. Oxycodone, found in Percocet, can suppress breathing and worsen abdominal conditions or make diagnosis difficult. Patients with inflammatory or obstructive bowel disease, acute cholecystitis, or pancreatitis should consult a doctor before taking this medicine. Dependence and withdrawal symptoms may occur due to the presence of oxycodone. Individuals with head injuries are at a higher risk of experiencing side effects. Those with reduced kidney and liver function should consult their doctor before taking this medicine as acetaminophen can cause decreased liver function and worsen these conditions. If undergoing surgery of the biliary tract, this medicine should be avoided. Individuals with low thyroid, Addison’s disease, urethral stricture, decreased adrenal gland function, or porphyria should consult a doctor before taking this medicine. Be cautious of drug interactions.
Some side effects can be managed or disappear over time, but if they become severe, contact a doctor immediately. These include constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, itching, fainting, mood changes, nausea, and vomiting. Serious side effects include agitation, hallucination, blurred vision, lower back pain, confusion, difficulty sleeping, signs of allergic reaction, redness or flushing of the face, and liver problems. Stop taking the medication immediately if convulsions or seizures occur, as well as serious allergic reactions, breathing problems, cold clammy skin, slow heartbeat, and severe weakness.
The dosage for Percocet varies individually and depends on the severity of the pain. The usual recommended dosage is one tablet every six hours for pain relief. Do not abruptly terminate or increase the dosage without consulting your doctor.