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Percocet 10/325 mg

Percocet is a medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. As it is an opioid analgesic, it affects the nervous system and reduces the effect of signals sent by the pain receptors. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to you for longer use if you have cancer. This medicine may be taken before and after a long surgery.

In what dosage should Percocet be taken?

The dosage of this medication varies from person to person. It depends on your age, gender, and most importantly the severity of your medical condition. For adults, it is preferred to have a 2.5mg tablet (pink, oval-shaped tablet) twice every 6 hours or a 5mg tablet (blue round tablet) once every 6 hours. The dosage of Percocet should not exceed 4 grams in 24 hours. Do not abruptly stop using this medicine without your doctor’s consent, your doctor may increase dosage gradually to avoid the high risk of side effects. Older people should avoid using this medication as this medicine makes you drowsy and older people are already weak and prone to falling.

How to take this medicine and what should be avoided during its use?

Percocet can be taken with and without food. If you feel nauseous then it is better to take it with food. Swallow this tablet by mouth with water. If you use the liquid form of this medicine then make sure to use a measuring spoon to get the required dose. Avoid having grapefruit and grapefruit related products while using this medicine as it increases the risk of side effects. Driving, operating heavy machinery, or activities that need you to be active should be avoided as Percocet makes you drowsy. It is better to take Percocet in the initial stages of pain as the longer you suffer in pain the more harm it gives to your health. This medicine is safe to use with other painkillers such as (naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.)

What are some side effects caused by this medication?

Some common side effects of this medicine include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, sedation, vomiting, stomach pain, feeling tired, expressing extreme emotions, constipation, and headaches. These are not that common but some serious side effects caused by Percocet include noisy breathing, weakness, tiredness, shallow breathing, fever, unexplained bleeding, wounds, respiratory depression, sleep apnea, sleeping disorder, circulatory depression, hypotension, sighing, chest pain, excessive sweating, confusion, agitation, aggressiveness, issues in urination, abdominal pain, pain in the upper stomach, loss of appetite, unusual stools, yellowness of eyes or skin, and unstoppable vomiting. If these symptoms do not go away or worsen then contact your doctor. These are extremely rare but if you get severe rashes, hives, itching, swelling of lips, tongue, face, mouth, or throat then it means you are having an allergic reaction to this medicine and you need medical help right away. Another major drawback of this medicine is the risk of addiction. After using for a while patients can get addicted to it and people with a history of substance abuse may find it hard to stop using.

What are some withdrawal symptoms caused by this medication?

Your doctor may reduce your dosage gradually to reduce the risk of withdrawal symptoms. If you observe restlessness, nausea, mood swings, trouble in sleeping, extreme anxiety, thoughts of suicide, runny nose, watery eyes, blurry vision, diarrhea, excessive sweating, behavioral changes, or muscle ache then it means you are having withdrawal symptoms. These might go away in a day or two but if they do not or if they get worse then get medical attention immediately.

Who should avoid using this medication?

If you are pregnant or if you plan on becoming pregnant then avoid using this medicine or at least talk to your doctor before starting the treatment as it may have life-threatening effects on the unborn. Furthermore, if you are a breastfeeding mother then do not take this medication as it can pass down through breastmilk and give lifelong diseases to the baby. People with a history of substance abuse (drug or alcohol) should avoid taking this medicine as the risk of them getting addicted to it are higher. If you are allergic to other opioids such as ( codeine, morphine, oxymorphone, etc) then do not take Percocet. Tell your doctor beforehand if you have a history of brain disorder, head injury seizures, depression, any other mental illness, mood disorder, breathing disorders, sleep apnea, asthma, or confusion. If you have ever had any lung disease, stomach problems, intestinal problems, problems in the gallbladder, disease of the pancreas, constipation, kidney disorder, liver disease, or heart problems then make sure your doctor tells it before starting your treatment.

How should Percocet be stored and what should be done in case of a missed dose.

This medicine should be stored at room temperature and in a dry place. It has to be kept away from direct heat and light. If you missed a dose then take it when you remember, do not take the missed dose if it is almost time for the next dose. Do not take double doses to compensate for the missed dose. It cannot be kept in a  washroom and it should be stored away from the reach of children and pets. Also, do not give this medicine to someone just because you think they have the same condition as you.

There is a misconception amongst people that misusing prescription drugs is somehow less harmful than abusing illicit drugs, however, the truth is farther from it. If you see someone overdose on this medicine then get medical assistance immediately.