What are possible side effects of Percodan?

Common side effects of Percodan, a strong prescription pain reliever that is a combination of oxycodone and aspirin, include:
  • constipation (call your doctor if you do not have a bowel movement for three days)
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • depression
  • itching
  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • sweating
These side effects typically don't require treatment unless they are severe or don't go away. However, other side effects are more serious. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
  • a rash or hives, swelling of your face, lips or tongue, eyes, ankles, lower legs, feet or hands or trouble breathing (these are signs of an allergic reaction that requires emergency medical help)
  • black-colored bowel movements
  • changes in your eyesight
  • chest pain
  • hoarseness
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fainting or loss of consciousness
  • hallucinating
  • difficulty urinating or changes in urination
  • fatigue
  • fast heartbeat
  • mental confusion
  • fever, chills, aches and pains
  • light-headedness
  • seizures
  • bleeding or bruising
Percodan may make you drowsy. Do not drive or do any other activity that demands mental alertness before you know how Percodan affects you. This medicine also may cause dizziness or lightheadedness when you stand up. Take care to get up slowly.

Do not drink alcohol while taking Percodan. Mixing alcohol with this medication can cause dangerous side effects.

Oxycodone, a component of Percodan, can be habit forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more frequently or take it for a longer period of time than directed by your doctor. As your body becomes used to this medicine, you may develop tolerance and may need a higher dose for pain relief. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your dose -- do not change it on your own. Do not stop taking oxycodone suddenly, because doing so can trigger symptoms of withdrawal, such as sweating, chills, irritability and fast breathing.

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