Percocet is a brand of prescription painkiller in North America. Its taste is bitter. It has some non-reactive other chemicals like providone, crospovidone, croscarmellose sodium, pregelatinized cornstarch, stearic acid and microcrystalline cellulose. Percocet is a drug prescribed for mild to acute pain relief. It is an opioid analgesic pain killer. Generally it should not have major side effects. Though some may experience some side effects these are not so frequently observed, yet there are some reports that it has mild to serious side effects.
Mild and Most Common Side Effects of this Drug
Its mild and most common side effects include drowsiness, constipation, itching, lightheadedness, nausea, dysphoria and dry mouth.
Symptoms of Withdrawal
Some people get addicted after taking for such a long time. Once they stop, the body will demand it. Then if it is not provided, the body responds by demonstrating side effects, which varies from person to person. If anybody starts to show some of these symptoms he should take action. These symptoms are diarrhea, hallucination, aches and pains, insomnia, salivation, and increased heart rate.
Effects by Overdose
When a person is addicted they may take an overdose of it. Then they will start to show the side effects as dark urine, yellowing of skin or eyes, constricted breathing, blue lips, clammy skin, constricted pupils and coma. So, as it is a medicine it should be used as prescribed.
Side Effects which are Serious
The next symptoms are serious side effects of it. The time when you notice any one of them you are advised to consult with the doctor. The effects are: damage to go the liver, addiction and dependence, allergic reactions, intestinal obstruction, hallucination, and impaired circulation and depression.
Some changes in the level of liver enzymes in the blood may take place while having treatment with Percocet. The amount of protein in blood sugar and in the urine can be altered.
Syndromes for Withdrawal
It is better to stop taking Percocet instead of stopping in the case of prolonged treatment if the patient starts to show these symptoms like anxiety and irritability, goosebumps and a feeling of “pins and needles”, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea, and sweating, runny nose.
Side Effects with New Mothers and Pregnant Women
Since oxycodone is a component of Percocet and can cause addiction it is very important to be very careful when prescribing Percocet to pregnant women. Otherwise the risk of withdrawal syndrome may occur.
As the newborn takes milk from its mother the components of Percocet may pass into the newborn. So, the mother having Percocet should be conscious of her child’s drowsiness and any difficulty of breathing.