What should I avoid while taking Percodan?

When taking Percodan, a strong pain reliever that is a combination of oxycodone and aspirin, you should avoid drinking alcohol. Mixing alcohol with this medication can cause dangerous side effects.

Percodan may make you drowsy, so avoid driving a car or doing any other activity that demands mental alertness before you know how Percodan affects you. This medicine may cause dizziness, so avoid standing up too quickly when sitting or lying down.

Certain drugs should be avoided while taking Percodan. Unless your doctor directs you otherwise, you should avoid aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Many over-the-counter medicines contain aspirin or other NSAIDs, so read product labels carefully.

Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements that you take, including illegal drugs, before you take Percodan. Do not take Percodan if you take cidofovir, probenecid or blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin or heparin. You may need to avoid medications such as antihistamines, diuretics, antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, pain medications, sleep aids, antiseizure medications, beta-blockers, muscle relaxants and diabetes medication while taking Percodan.

Oxycodone, a component of Percodan, can be habit forming. Avoid taking a larger dose, taking it more frequently or taking it for a longer period of time than directed. If your body becomes used to this medicine, you may need a higher dose for pain relief. Do not change your dose on your own! Talk to your doctor about adjusting your dosage. Do not stop taking Percodan suddenly or you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, irritability, loss of appetite and fast heartbeat.

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