Percocet is a name for a type of painkilling drug containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is a drug (most generally marketed as the product Tylenol), while oxycodone is classified as a narcotic medication, meaning it is an opioid. Physicians recommend Percocet to reduce average discomfort after surgery treatment or damage. Some individuals also take Percocet as long-term treatment for serious pain as it is very effective.
Acetaminophen is known to cause liver damage, particularly if customers consume liquor consistently or take a larger dose of Percocet than the guidelines specify.
This drug can affect the rate of breathing, which can slow respiration if the person consumes a bigger dosage than recommended. Automated respiration can slowly to the point of avoiding completely. This can lead to problems when someone is resting, since the person may be too sedated to awaken and start breathing again.
As this drug is addictive, extended use of Percocet can cause not only addiction but also withdrawal symptoms when use of the drug is stopped, even if it was only used as instructed. Symptoms include diarrhea, feeling sick, high temperature, anxiety, sleeplessness, muscle pain and perspiration. Long-term users of Percocet should reduce dose progressively when stopping the medication.