When can I stop taking Percocet?

Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) is a medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. You can stop taking it when you no longer need it, but don't do so without talking to your doctor. Over time, your body can become dependent on the oxycodone in Percocet. You'll need to wean off the drug slowly so that you don't experience withdrawal symptoms.

If you want to stop taking Percocet because you feel it's no longer controlling your pain, you should talk to your doctor. It may mean you need a higher dose of the drug or that a different drug will be a better fit for you. Don't take more Percocet than prescribed; let your doctor adjust the dose for you.

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