What is oxycodone and acetaminophen?

Nicole McHugh
Neonatal Nursing
Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic that is generally taken for different types of acute or chronic pain. It is only available by prescription. Oxycodone can be taken alone, or it may be compounded with other drugs, such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs. Acetaminophen is commonly known as Tylenol, which is an anti-pyretic agent, or fever-reducer, as well as a pain reliever.  The two drugs are commonly combined and known by several different brand names (such as Percocet among many others).

Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer. Together they are used to relieve moderate to severe pain. This combination drug is sold under several brand-name medications that include: Percocet, Roxicet, Magnacet, Endocet, Narvox, Perloxx, Primalev, Roxilox, Tylox and Xolox. Oxycodone works by acting on the central nervous system to block pain, while acetaminophen increases its pain-relieving effects. Oxycodone and acetaminophen are available by prescription only.

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