Percocet Dosage Guide: How Much is Too Much?

Many people wonder what Percocet is, and they often have other specific questions including the proper Percocet dosage and how much Percocet is too much.

The following provides a Percocet dosage guide and explains how much is too much, as well as some other basic information about this drug, which is often abused.

Percocet Dosage Guide: How Much is Too Much?
Before exploring the proper Percocet dosage, we’ll discuss what Percocet is and what it’s used for. Percocet is a class II prescription drug in the U.S., and it’s a pain reliever for pain ranging from moderate to severe. It’s for acute pain, and the drug can be dispensed in varying strengths.

The primary ingredients in Percocet are oxycodone and acetaminophen and it’s a narcotic analgesic, which means it does carry with it the potential for addiction, even when it’s prescribed to a person.

While Percocet is an effective painkiller, there is a lot of concern surrounding its use because of how addictive it is and how significant the potential for abuse is.

Oxycodone, which is an active ingredient in Percocet, is a synthetic substance derived from opium and it depresses the central nervous system, as do other opioids. Oxycodone can impact how the brain perceives pain, which is why it works so well as a powerful pain reliever, but that central nervous system depression is also why people can overdose on it and ultimately die.

As with other opioids, with Percocet, there can be a euphoric high created when someone takes the drug, and that’s one of the reasons it’s a drug that is so easy to become dependent on and addicted to.

When you take Percocet, your opioid receptors are stimulated, and the more of it you take, the more euphoria you may feel, which is why it’s so important to take it only as prescribed and directed by a doctor.

  • Percocet 2.5/325: This is the weakest dose of Percocet, and this is what most doctors will start with because a small dosage strength can help avoid side effects like respiratory depression. When someone is dependent on Percocet or has been using it for a while, this may also be used as a way to gradually reduce the Percocet dosage to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Percocet 7.5/325: This Percocet dosage contains 7.5 mg of oxycodone, and as with the other dosages, the second number refers to the amount of acetaminophen in the dose. This dosage has an additional amount of oxycodone from the previous Percocet dosage, but the acetaminophen is the same. This can be used for the treatment of moderate pain.
  • Percocet 7.5/500: The difference in this Percocet dosage from the previous isn’t in the amount of oxycodone, but is in the amount of the acetaminophen.
  • Percocet 10/325: This Percocet dosage is one of the two options with the highest amount of oxycodone, and this is meant to be used in patients who have a high, severe level of pain.
  • Percocet 10/650: Finally, the strongest available Percocet dosage is this one. It has the maximum amount of oxycodone and acetaminophen, and it should be tapered when someone is to stop using it.

In terms of general Percocet dosage guidelines, when adults are being treated with this drug, they should start with the lowest possible dose and take only one to two tablets every six hours as needed. The total dose of acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage, should not be more than four grams in a 24-hour period.

With the rest of the dosages, one tablet only should be taken every six hours as needed. With Percocet 5 mg/325 mg, the maximum daily dose is 12 tablets. With 7.5/325, the maximum dose is eight tablets and with the strongest Percocet dosages, the maximum is six tablets per day.

It’s important when someone is taking Percocet when prescribed for pain that they follow the dosages exactly because not doing so puts them at a higher risk of developing dependence and ultimately abusing the drug. It can also lead to adverse reactions.

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