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Difference between oxycodone (OxyContin) and Percocet

Narcotic analgesics are many, and of them Oxycodone is a popular choice for many patients. Its high potency makes it useful in managing severe pain in a variety of clinical conditions. Sometimes, oxycodone is combined with other painkillers, and Percocet is a combination medication that contains oxycodone. Here, we shall compare oxycodone with Percocet briefly.

Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic agent that is used to treat pain that accompanies musculoskeletal conditions and certain cancers. Its potent action on the opioid receptors means that the degree of pain control achieved is better than regular over the counter medication. However, it is a controlled drug, and can only be obtained on prescription from a licensed physician. The reason for this is the abuse potential associated with oxycodone, making it a drug that patients can get addicted to and depend upon.

Sometimes patients may not find that they get the benefit they once had with oxycodone. In such situations, combining it with other painkillers can help. Percocet is one such painkiller than contains oxycodone and acetaminophen.

There are very few differences between oxycodone and Percocet, mostly because of the common ingredient between the two. The side effect profiles are similar, as are the withdrawal symptoms. However, overdose of Percocet not only causes the symptoms of oxycodone overdose such as nausea, vomiting and drowsiness, but also damage to the liver which occurs due to acetaminophen. Liver damage can lead to the development of jaundice, and skin becomes yellow in colour and the patient can develop itchy skin. Allergic reactions can also occur, and this requires immediate medical attention.

The abuse potential with Percocet is the same as oxycodone, and this is mostly due to the oxycodone. Acetaminophen does not have addictive potential, but there is no doubt that accidentally overdosing on Percocet to get the same effect that taking too much oxycodone has can in fact lead to toxicity from acetaminophen. It is strongly recommended that any medication that is taken by an individual is upon prescription from a doctor. Self medication, particularly with narcotics can be detrimental to health and can even be life threatening. Taking oxycodone and Percocet at the same time is also not recommended.

There do not appear to be significant differences between Oxycodone and Percocet except for the acetaminophen component. The primary difference lies in the side effect profile, particularly the damage to the liver.

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