August 28, 2010 Kim Goldman

Percocet (AKA Percs), a narcotic analgesic, is used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.   It contains two drugs–acetaminophen and oxycodone. Acetaminophen is used to reduce both pain and fever.

What does it look like? Percocet is commonly found in tablet form.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Common Side Effects

  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Vomiting

Less Common Side Effects

  • Constipation
  • Depressed feelings
  • Exaggerated feeling of well-being
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rash
  • Slowed breathing

Symptoms of Overdose

Symptoms of Percocet overdose may include:

  • 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
  • Nausea
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Vague bodily discomfort
  • Vomiting

A severe overdose of Percocet can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine

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