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Percodan Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Percodan (aspirin and oxycodone hydrochloride) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is a combination of aspirin, a salicylate, and oxycodone, a narcotic pain reliever. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, increased sweating, dry mouth, lightheadedness, loss of appetite, or weakness.
The usual dosage of Percodan is one tablet every 6 hours as needed for pain. The maximum daily dose of aspirin should not exceed 4 grams or 12 tablets. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. Percodan is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Do not use this medication during the last 3 months of pregnancy because of possible harm to the fetus or problems during delivery. Infants born to mothers who have used oxycodone may have withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tell your doctor if you notice these symptoms in your newborn. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. The oxycodone in Percodan is a narcotic, and may be habit-forming. Do not abruptly stop taking this medication or you may have withdrawal symptoms.
Our Percodan (aspirin and oxycodone hydrochloride) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Percodan in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
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:
- black, bloody, or tarry stools, coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee ground;
- shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
- fast heart rate;
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- confusion, hallucinations;
- easy bruising or bleeding; or
- problems with urination.
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
- heartburn, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea;
- feeling dizzy or drowsy;
- ringing in your ears; or
- dry mouth.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Percodan Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
To reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. Consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (such as a stimulant type with stool softener).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, fainting, slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as depression, hallucinations), difficult/painful urination, ringing in the ears, decreased hearing, vision changes, easy bruising/bleeding.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: stomach/abdominal pain, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, persistent tiredness, persistent nausea, change in the amount of urine, seizures.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
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Percodan FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Serious adverse reactions that may be associated with PERCODAN (aspirin and oxycodone hydrochloride) tablet use include respiratory depression, apnea, respiratory arrest, circulatory depression, hypotension, and shock (see OVERDOSE).
The most frequently observed non-serious adverse reactions include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness or sedation, nausea, and vomiting. These effects seem to be more prominent in ambulatory than in nonambulatory patients, and some of these adverse reactions may be alleviated if the patient lies down. Other adverse reactions include euphoria, dysphoria, constipation and pruritus.
Aspirin may increase the likelihood of hemorrhage due to its effect on the gastric mucosa and platelet function. Furthermore, aspirin has the potential to cause anaphylaxis in hypersensitive patients as well as angioedema especially in patients with chronic urticaria. Other adverse reactions due to aspirin use include anorexia, reversible hepatotoxicity, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, purpura, decreased plasma iron concentration, and shortened erythrocyte survival time.
Other adverse reactions obtained from postmarketing experiences with PERCODAN (aspirin and oxycodone hydrochloride) tablets are listed by organ system and in decreasing order of severity and/or frequency as follows:
Body as a Whole
Central and Peripheral Nervous System
Fluid and Electrolyte
hemorrhagic gastric/duodenal ulcer, gastric/peptic ulcer, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, eructation, dry mouth, gastrointestinal bleeding, intestinal perforation, nausea, vomiting, transient elevations of hepatic enzymes, hepatitis, Reye syndrome, pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction, ileus
Hearing and Vestibular
hearing loss, tinnitus. Patients with high frequency loss may have difficulty perceiving tinnitus. In these patients, tinnitus cannot be used as a clinical indicator of salicylism.
acute anaphylaxis, angioedema, asthma, bronchospasm, laryngeal edema, urticaria, anaphylactoid reaction
Metabolic and Nutritional
prolonged pregnancy and labor, stillbirths, lower birth weight infants, antepartum and postpartum bleeding, closure of patent ductus arteriosis
Skin and Appendages
urticaria, rash, flushing
interstitial nephritis, papillary necrosis, proteinuria, renal insufficiency and failure, urinary retention
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Percodan (Aspirin and Oxycodone Hydrochloride) »
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