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Can I take Percocet if I have COPD?

You should not take Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The oxycodone in Percocet is an opioid (narcotic) that can slow breathing and can severely interfere with your ability to breathe if you have COPD. Percocet is prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.

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