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Percodan is formulated with a mixture of oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone is one kind of opioid drug which works as a pain reliever. An opioid is often called a narcotic. On the other hand Aspirin works by reducing substances in our body which cause fever, pain, and inflammation. Doctors usually prescribe Percodan to relieve moderate to extreme pain. It may also be recommended for other health problems.

Some important facts about Percodan

You should not have Percodan if you have a recent experience of an intestinal or stomach bleeding, if you are taking a blood thinner, or if you are allergic to oxycodone, aspirin, or a non steroidal anti inflammatory medicine such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Orudis, Lodine, Indocin, Voltaren, Mobic, Toradol, Feldene, Relafen, and others.

You should not have Percodan if you have used a MAO inhibitor for instance furazolidone or Furoxone, isocarboxazid or Marplan, phenelzine or Nardil, rasagiline or Azilect, selegiline or Eldepryl, Zelapar, Emsam, and tranylcypromine or Parnate in the last fourteen days. These can lead to a serious drug interaction could which may cause serious side effects.

How should a patient take Percodan?

Though Percodan is taken when needed but you should still take Percodan exactly the same way as recommended by your physician or doctor. You should not have in smaller or larger amounts or for shorter or longer than prescribed. You also need to follow the instructions on your prescription label. You need to keep it in your mind that your doctor or physician may sometimes change your dose of the pill to ensure that you get the best results.

You can take Percodan with food if it upsets your stomach. You should not chew, crush, break, or open an extended-release pill bottle. You must swallow it whole because breaking the pill may lead to you a situation when you have too much of the pill into your system released at one time.

Taking Percodan during pregnancy

If you are pregnant or decided to conceive then you need to tell that to your doctor or physician before having this medicine. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of taking Percodan while you are pregnant. Percodan can cause some problems to an unborn child. But it could cause low birth weight, premature birth, or withdrawal symptoms in a baby if the mother takes Percodan during her pregnancy. Again, it may pass into human milk. So anyone breast-feeding a child should not take Percodan.

What happens if a patient misses a dose?

In many occasions patients forget their dosing schedules. If a patient is taking Percodan regularly, he should have the missed dose whenever he can remember. When it is the time to have the next dose he should skip that and more to his regular dose afterwards. However, never take a double dose of this drug.

Facts about the Percodan overdose

You need to seek emergency medical assistance if you feel you have taken Percodan more than you have been prescribed. The first signs of an overdose are vomiting, nausea, sweating, reduced appetite, weakness, stomach pain and confusion. Later other symptoms may include dark urine, pain in the stomach, and change of the skin or the whites of the eyes.

Overdose symptoms can also include extreme cold and clammy skin, drowsiness, fainting, pinpoint pupils, muscle weakness, weak pulse, coma, slow heart rate, blue lips, shallow breathing, or severe breathing problems.

What are the possible side effects of Percodan?

You should call your doctor or physician as soon as possible and seek medical assistance right away if you experience constipation, severe stomach pain, vomiting; bloody, black, or tarry stools, vomit or coughing up blood which looks like coffee grounds; shallow or weak breathing, abnormal heartbeats; hallucinations, confusion; easy bleeding or bruising; seizures; ringing in the ears; or decreased hearing.

Some other less severe side effects are more common. You can continue taking Percodan and but you should also tell your doctor or physician if you are feeling dizzy or drowsy; vomiting, mild nausea, stomach upset, constipation; dry mouth; or blurred vision.

Like all other medicines proper precautions and safety measures should be taken before taking Percodan. Again this medicine must only be taken in a proper way after consulting with a doctor.


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