Generic name: Acetaminophen with oxycodone hydrochloride.

Other brand names: Oxycet, Roxicet, Roxilox, Tylox.

Percocet is a narcotic analgesic. It relieves pain and gives the patient a feeling of well-being.

Quick Facts About PercocetPercocet


Used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

Percocet Dosage

May take with meals or milk.

  • Usual adult dose: 1 tablet every 6 hours as needed.
  • Usual child dose: not generally established in children.
  • Missed dose: if taking on a regular basis — take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Percocet Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

bluish skin, eyes or skin with yellow tone, cold and clammy skin, decreased or irregular breathing (ceasing in severe overdose), extreme sleepiness progressing to stupor or coma, heart attack, low blood pressure, muscle weakness or softness, nausea, slow heartbeat, sweating, vague bodily discomfort, vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, sedation, vomiting.

Less common or rare Percocet side effects: constipation, depressed feeling, exaggerated feeling of well-being, itchy skin, skin rash, slowed breathing (at higher doses).


Inform your doctor before combining Percocet with:

antidepressants such as Elavil, Nardil, Pamelor, and Parnate; antispasmodics such as Cogentin, Bentyl, and Donnatal; medications for severe mental disorders such as Thorazine; other narcotic painkillers such as Darvon; sedatives such as phenobarbital and Seconal; tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium.

Should not drink alcohol while taking Percocet; it increases sedative effects of Percocet

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. If taken just before delivery, may cause impaired breathing in newborn. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

Seniors should take with caution.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • May cause drowsiness and impair your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Do not take part in any activity that requires alertness.
  • Monitor for physical and psychological dependence if taking for an extended period. Notify your doctor of any alcohol addiction problems.
  • Should not use if sensitive to Percocet ingredients.
  • Notify your doctor before taking Percocet if you have: a head injury; stomach problems; liver, kidney, or thyroid problems; Addison’s disease; difficulty urinating; enlarged prostate; or weakened condition.

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