What Percocet Is:
How Percocet Works:
- Oxycodone acts on the nervous system to change the brain’s perception of pain.
- Acetaminophen is thought to inhibit certain pain-related chemicals in the body, thought its exact mechanisms of pain control are not fully understood.
Percocet Side Effects:
- Confusion or muddy thinking
- Flushing or sweating
In some people, Percocet may cause serious side effects, including difficulty breathing, severe lethargy and “pinpoint pulils” – these may be signs of an overdose, and require immediate medical attention.
- Respiratory problems (including asthma or COPD)
- Circulatory problems
- Liver or kidney disease
- Seizure disorders
Percocet Abuse and Overdose:
Percocet overdose can occur if it is taken more often than prescribed, or if tablets are crushed or chewed, which can release too much medication at once. The potential for Percocet overdose also increases if it is combined with other sedatives such as sleep aids or alcohol.
Medline Plus. Hydrocodone/Oxycodone Overdose. Accessed 9/22/09. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007285.htm
National Institutes of Health. Percocet (Oxycodone Hydrochloride and Acetaminophen) Tablet. Accessed 9/22/09. http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=9522
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Prescription Drug Abuse Chart. Accessed 9/22/09. http://www.nida.nih.gov/DrugPages/PrescripDrugsChart.html