Percocet contains Opioid (narcotic) pain reliever and a non-opioid pain reliever; i.e., oxycodone and acetaminophen respectively. This combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen is used to help relieve moderate and even severe type of pain.
Proper way to use Percocet:
Just like other medicines, having indications on them, Percocet comes with an indication too. As usual, you need to get the prescription from your doctor. Before you start taking oxycodone and acetaminophen or get them refilled, get the medication guide from your pharmacist and read it properly.
Doctors usually suggest it to take it by mouth and it can be taken with an empty stomach. In case, you feel nauseous, have something to eat and ask your doctor to prescribe ways to decrease nausea. There are several ways to lessen your nausea, such as lying down for one or two hours straight without any body movement.
Eating grapefruit or consuming grapefruit juice is highly prohibited while using this medicine. You cannot consume any of the things unless your doctor prescribes to. Although, this medicine has no side effects, but grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects.
Percocet can be consumed in two forms; i.e., solid and liquid. If you are consuming it in the liquid form, make sure you are using the medication-measuring device to measure the prescribed dose properly. A household spoon may not give you the accurate measurement.
However, the dosage of the medicine depends on your medical condition along with the response rate to treatment. However, increasing the dose is not recommended anyway. You can take it for a longer time than prescribed and properly stop once the doctor says so.
Pain can only be cured if you use the medicine once the pain starts. The medicine does not play a vital role in curing the pain, once the pain gets worse.
You doctor can recommend you to take long acting opioid medication, if you have ongoing pain, such as in cancer. This kind of medication is used for sudden breakthrough only as needed. Other pain killers like Ibuprofen and naproxen can also be suggested with this medication. However, you need to ask your doctor about how to use oxycodone safely with the other drugs.
If you have been using the medicine for a long time or over dosage in sometime, it may cause withdrawal if you stop suddenly stop using it.