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Percocet is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. Percocet is a combination drug composed of oxycodone and acetaminophen.

Oxycodone is an opioid, or synthetic opiate, that works as a potent analgesic (painkiller). Acetaminophen is an analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer). Both drugs are believed to work by reducing the perception of pain.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, regular use of opioids - even as prescribed by a doctor - can lead to dependence. If misused, opioids can cause overdose and death.

How do I take it?
Percocet should be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician.

Percocet comes as a tablet.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Percocet lists common side effects including headache, drowsiness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, and vomiting.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Percocet include addiction, liver toxicity, severe low blood pressure, apnea (ceasing to breathe), pancreatic disease, shock, and life-threatening respiratory depression (inadequate breathing).

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Percocet — RxList

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