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Percocet

PERCOCET®
(oxycodone and acetaminophen) Tablets, USP

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Oxycodone, 14-hydroxydihydrocodeinone, is a semisynthetic opioid analgesic which occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder having a saline, bitter taste. The molecular formula for oxycodone hydrochloride is C18H21NO4•HCl and the molecular weight 351.83. It is derived from the opium alkaloid thebaine, and may be represented by the following structural formula:

Percocet (Oxycodone Structural Formula Illustration

Acetaminophen, 4'-hydroxyacetanilide, is a non-opiate, non-salicylate analgesic and antipyretic which occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder, possessing a slightly bitter taste. The molecular formula for acetaminophen is C8H9NO2 and the molecular weight is 151.17. It may be represented by the following structural formula:

Percocet (Acetaminophen Structural Formula Illustration

Each tablet, for oral administration, contains oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen in the following strengths:

Oxycodone Hydrochloride, USP 2.5 mg*
Acetaminophen, USP 325mg
*2.5 mg oxycodone HCl is equivalent to 2.2409 mg of oxycodone.  
Oxycodone Hydrochloride, USP 5mg*
Acetaminophen, USP 325 mg
*5 mg oxycodone HCl is equivalent to 4.4815 mg of oxycodone.  
Oxycodone Hydrochloride, USP 7.5 mg*
Acetaminophen, USP 325 mg
*7.5 mg oxycodone HCl is equivalent to 6.7228 mg of oxycodone.  
Oxycodone Hydrochloride, USP 7.5 mg*
Acetaminophen, USP 500 mg
*7.5 mg oxycodone HCl is equivalent to 6.7228 mg of oxycodone.  
Oxycodone Hydrochloride, USP 10 mg*
Acetaminophen, USP 325 mg
*10 mg oxycodone HCl is equivalent to 8.9637 mg of oxycodone.  
Oxycodone Hydrochloride, USP 10 mg*
Acetaminophen, USP 650 mg
*10 mg oxycodone HCl is equivalent to 8.9637 mg of oxycodone.  

All strengths of PERCOCET (oxycodone and acetaminophen) also contain the following inactive ingredients: Colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, crospovidone, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, pregelatinized cornstarch, and stearic acid. In addition, the 2.5 mg/325 mg strength contains FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake and the 5 mg/325 mg strength contains FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake. The 7.5 mg/325 mg and the 7.5 mg/500 mg strengths contain FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake. The 10 mg/325 mg and 10 mg/650 mg strengths contain D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake.

What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and oxycodone?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
  • feeling light-headed, fainting;
  • confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • problems with urination; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or...

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What are the precautions when taking oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)?

See also Warning section.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other narcotics (such as morphine, codeine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor, seizures), breathing problems (such as asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (such as confusion, depression), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, stomach/intestinal problems (such as...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 10/4/2010
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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