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Oxycodone & Acetaminophen

After Your Visit

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Common brands: Percocet®

​​​What it's used for​

Oxycodone with acetaminophen is used to treat pain. Oxycodone is an opioid (narcotic), which means that it works like morphine.

​​​What to tell the doctor or pharmacist before you take this medicine

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you:

  • have kidney or liver disease
  • drink alcohol
  • take a blood “thinner”
  • are pregnant
  • are allergic to narcotics (e.g., codeine, morphine) or acetaminophen
  • have breathing problems (asthma, COPD)

Tell your doctor or dentist what other prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal medicine you take.

​​​What you need to know

  • Take this product as directed. Taking more than 4000 mg of acetaminophen a day can hurt the liver.
  • Acetaminophen is found in pain, fever, cough, and cold medic​ine. Make sure you read the label before you take any other medicine.
  • It works best if you take it when the pain starts or before it gets too bad.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking this medicine can hurt the liver.
  • Oxycodone can cause constipation. Eating more fibre and drinking more fluids can help prevent it.
  • Don’t take more than prescribed or longer than prescribed: This medicine can cause withdrawal symptoms (e.g., feeling restless, sweating) if used for a long time or in high doses.
  • Don’t drive or use machinery until you know how the medicine affects you.

​​​Possible side effects

Possible side effects can include:

  • constipation
  • stomach pain
  • upset stomach /throwing up
  • feeling sleepy
  • feeling dizzy or light headed

​​​When to get help

Call 911 if you have trouble breathing or your face, tongue, or throat starts to swell.

See a doctor or phone Health Link ​right away for any of the below:

  • trouble breathing
  • urine becomes dark
  • eyes or skin turn yellow
  • feel very dizzy or very tired
  • trouble emptying your bladder
  • feel sick to your stomach or are throwing up
  • sores in your mouth, nose, throat, or eyes
  • very bad pain in your abdomen/stomach
  • a red, itchy rash, or swelling

See your doctor if your symptoms or health problems don’t get better or get worse.

If you have any questions or conc​erns about this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

If you think you may have taken too much of this medicine, call the poison control centre (PADIS) 24/7 at 1-800-332-1414 or go to an emergency department.

For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.

Current as of: February 19, 2015

Author: Alberta Health Services