What should I know about Percocet before taking it?

Percocet can be habit-forming, and you could develop withdrawal symptoms after you stop using it. Do not use Percocet if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding without talking to your doctor. Tell your doctor if you currently have or have had a history of liver disease, breathing problems, mental illness, addiction, endocrine (glandular) disorders, kidney disease, head injuries or brain tumor, digestive problems, seizure disorders, urination problems, spinal curvature or low blood pressure, because your Percocet dose may need to be modified. Percocet can make you quite sleepy, so you should know how you react to this medication before operating a car or other dangerous machinery.
Percocet can interact with a number of drugs, so it is important to tell your doctor what medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) and supplements you are taking. Known drug interactions include: bronchodilators (such as Spiriva), bladder medications (such as Vesicare), Cantil, Robinul, atropine, Cogentin, Dramamine, Pamine, Transderm-Scop and medications for irritable bowel disease (such as Bentyl). The sedating effects of Percocet can be stronger when taken with alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, cold medicine, muscle relaxants, seizure medications and antidepressants, making you drowsier than if you had taken the Percocet alone. Percocet contains acetaminophen, which should not be mixed with alcohol.

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