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How is Percocet prescribed?

How is Percocet prescribed?

In order to get Percocet, you must see a doctor for medical reasons related to pain or injury. Why? Percocet used for pain relief is a narcotic medication and prescriptions can prevent people from getting high on Percocet without medical reason.In fact, the Percocet high feeling can get you into lots of problems.  The main active ingredient in Percocet is oxycodone, which you cannot buy over-the-counter in the U.S. due to its addiction liability.

More here on how Percocet is prescribed, how does Percocet work in the body, as well as basic dosing guidelines and costs for Percocet prescriptions. Your questions about Percocet prescriptions are welcomed at the end.

What do doctors prescribe Percocet for?

Percocet is a prescription drug used to help control moderate to severe pain. Its main ingredient, oxycodone, modifies the way the body and brain perceive pain. But because Percocet can also cause feelings of euphoria due to its effects on the brain, the only legal way to use Percocet is for medical reasons with a prescription.

Percocet prescription dosage

Your Percocet dosage will vary based on your previous exposure to narcotics such as opiates or opioid medications. Percocet may be prescribed in doses of 2.5 mg oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen, 5 mg oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen, 7.5 mg oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen, 7.5 mg oxycodone and 500 mg acetaminophen, 10 mg oxycodone and 325 mg acetaminophen, and 10 mg oxycodone and 650 mg acetaminophen. The dosage will be one or two tablets every 6 hours. It’s important not to exceed the recommended daily dosage, because it’s easy to overdose on Percocet.

Percocet prescription cost

As with any prescription drug, the cost of Percocet will depend on your insurance. Percocet can cost as much as $6 per pill – which can quickly add up if you need to take Percocet for chronic pain management. The generic forms of the medication are usually much less expensive, often between $10-20 to fill a bottle, even without a prescription.

Can you get Percocet over the counter?

No. Percocet is available by prescription only. The oxycodone found in Percocet is addictive, and only prescribed to people experiencing pain which can’t be helped by over-the-counter medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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Signs of Percocet prescription drug abuse

If you use Percocet to help manage pain, you might develop a tolerance and dependence on the medication, and be unable to stop taking it abruptly. This is normal, and does not necessarily indicate an addition.

However, people who take Percocet to get high can easily become addicted to Percocet. A Percocet addiction involves loss of control when taking Percocet and a psychological compulsion to seek out Percocet, even when using Percocet has negative effects on your personal or professional life. So, signs of Percocet prescription drug abuse include:

1. Taking more mg of Percocet than prescribed.

2. Taking Percocet more often than prescribed.

3. Taking Percocet in ways other than prescribed (chew, crush, snort, inject).

Physical and behavioral warning signs may also accompany Percocet abuse. So, be on the lookout for isolated, withdrawn behavior accompanied by mood fluctuations or personality changes.

Percocet prescription questions

Do you still have questions about Percocet prescriptions? Please leave them here. We are happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly. If we do not know the answer to your particular question, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Oxycodone
PubMed Health: Oxycodone
DailyMed: Percocet

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26 Responses to “How is Percocet prescribed?
Kathy wills
9:54 pm February 12th, 2013

My husband took 6 Perc a day for years/ his whole personality changed. The dr took him off and started him on 1or2vicidon a day instead….husband has manipulated his way bak up to 4 or 5 a day. Stupid dr . I wish to eave him if he doesn’t stop

2:29 pm February 13th, 2013

Hi Kathy. It can be very frustrating and disappointing to live with someone chronically taking opioids. I’d suggest that you get in touch with Al-Anon for support, and to seek help from an addictions family counselor. Setting and keeping limits for ourselves is a healthy part of life!!!

J
3:36 pm April 7th, 2014

I broke my shoulder and was proscribed oxycotin and percocet. Since then I’ve had a plate and 15 screws put in. I ran out of oxycotin and havent refilled but they proscribed me 90 5/325. i start physical therapy today and i know these 5/325 wont be enough. Also 2 weeks after my surgery i was struck by a car. I have very sore back and my shoulder locks up every morning. I just spilled the rest of my 5/325 (about 50) into the sink full of water. what should i do.

11:00 am April 9th, 2014

Hello J. You’ll need to seek help from your prescribing doctor.

Mac
2:47 am August 5th, 2014

I have had 4 spine surgeries in the lat 3 yrs due to two car accidents were I wS hit from behind both times. I had two cages put in my neck. And a sink cord stim in my cervical area that was awesome but failed after two months and the barbaric surgery needed to be done over again. The stim is not the same.i have built up too much scar tissue for it to work properly.i have come down to 3 percocets a day , exercise daily , and eat a very healthy diet.i live in chronic pain but don’t wNt to build back up a tolerance.i hate the pills.i also suffer from chronic migraines . My drs know I have mental addiction and scold me for cutting down so much my own. I understand I could hurtyself in the end and I do have a physical addiction. Could someone like me who has never gotten high on these pills, I’ve thought about it over tge yrs but I have a 7 yr old daughter who I love and need to be there for, not slumped over in a chair. I can only work 15 hrs a week which stinks cause I own my own buissness but refuse to go out in disability and dissapear.would I benifits from a rehab detox?? To Really see where I stand? Come off all the headache meds , anxiety stuff and try the Percocet too? Thoughts????

Justine
3:34 pm September 2nd, 2014

I’ve been on vikes for years now ever since I went threw a windshield in a really bad car accident but now the vikes don’t work for my pain at all I don’t know what to do.

Jen
12:13 am September 7th, 2014

I have taken Percocet for a few years for chronic pain In my arms and back. My doctor passed away now I’m left with the fear. I took 3-4 at most on bad days but for a few years and no doctors take new patients that are looking for pain meds( that’s what they say to you when you call) I’m scared of what’s going to happen

12:42 pm September 9th, 2014

Hi Justine. It’s probably your body developing tolerance as it becomes accustomed to the dose of Vicodin you are taking. Talk to your prescribing doctor about what you can do.

Loretta
4:09 pm September 13th, 2014

Does Percocet contain sulfur and is it useful for poly neuropathy?

9:46 am September 15th, 2014

Hello Loretta. Percocet consists of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen, neither of which is a sulfa drug. Almost all of the sulfa drugs are antibiotics. Does it have a positive effect in treating polyneuropathy? Yes, doctor’s usually prescribe Percs for peripheral nerve pain. But, talk to your doctor about the possible side-effects. There are actually reports from the FDA that show Polyneuropathy as a side-effect in some Percocet users.

Joe
7:21 pm October 25th, 2014

J….just add some kool aid to the sink and drink the water over a period of 5 days.

Teresa
11:54 pm March 5th, 2015

Why has it Gotton harder to find a pharmacy that has Percocet? I go to my regular pharmacy, they tell me they don’t have any till a certain date. Every drug store in my small town says they are out. This just started about 3 months ago. I have to go outta town to get them filled.

Tammy
5:20 am March 28th, 2015

I have severe back pain that doesn’t allow me to walk more than a block or two before I need to sit for 5-10 minutes because of the severe pain, i have had a friend give me Percocet for my back and they help immensely and I took them orally (by mouth) how would I be able to get a doctor to prescribe these to me?

11:06 am April 14th, 2015

Hi Tammy. Sorry it took me some time to get back to you. Are you currently taking anything for your back pain? You can talk to your doctor and say you think Percocet may provide the appropriate pain relief for you.

Elena
2:44 am April 30th, 2015

Ihave surgery in my unkel in box side in thisame foot ihave several pain in my nick I take at lot pill for pain m30 percoced axicoding raig know stop because,I dont have medicaid I bey in the street please help me to see dr in bronx prescrib my medication

Heather
7:26 pm June 15th, 2015

My dr prescribed me Percocet 5 mg 325 to take 2 every 4 hours is that too much… I am passing kidney stones right now but I am afraid of taking too much too aoon

5:14 pm June 18th, 2015

Hi Heather. It seems a bit much since the general recommended dose is 1-2 Percocet tablets every 6 hours. Ask a pharmacist at your local pharmacy what s/he thinks or seek second opinion from another doctor.

tim
1:27 am August 24th, 2015

I am taking percoset 5-325 non prescribed…my physician is against them period. I am seeing a physciatrist about my chronic back and cfs…or fibromyalgia…..they work amazing how do I get my dr to help me? just be honest..i don’t get high from them….thanks

Tammy
10:17 pm September 22nd, 2015

How strong of a difference is Percocet 5/325 versus 10/325? I have only been taking the the 5/325 for about 4-5 days and I’m still hurting. Any suggestions? Thanks Tammy

James
4:14 am November 25th, 2015

I taken Percocet for years got diocese with deities and hp c this year my feet feel like blistere. Doc in caressed my does to qid and referred me to a pain doc. That t@me two months. Since all pain meds are 2s or 3 are 2 . No refills ..dea just don’t care about people that really need pain meds. O well thanks. I know that there’s people who are worsted off but the government tell the doc how to treat and how much they càn give out m o bye the way y9u got to pick up ur script lol

Cassandra
4:20 am December 6th, 2015

What is the ideal miligrams of percocet that a 5″2…130 lbs female should be taking if prescribed the medicine.

6:14 pm December 9th, 2015

Hi Cassandra. It depends on the level of pain you need treated. For people who are just starting Percocet therapy, the initial dose is usually 2.5 mg/325 mg taken every 6 hours or as needed for pain. The other available doses are 5 mg/325 mg; 7.5 mg/325 mg; and 10 mg/325 mg but you should take the medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Aaron
4:36 pm December 15th, 2015

In order to get Percocet you need a doctor to prescribe it for you.They will give you a B.C. Controlled substance form that you take to the pharmacy with you,and you have to sign it also when you drop off the form at the pharmacy.I was in major pain when I had my wisdom tooth out and unfortunately I got dry socket,and it was a Sunday night and my dentist was closed,so I went to the emergency at the hospital,and the doctor looked in my mouth and told me I probably have dry socket.I was in so much pain that Tylenol 3 did nothing.So she prescribed me 20 Percocet 5/325,and they also have me 2 of them when I was waiting for the doctor to see me.They worked really well..I still have 14 left…but it is something that is easily abused and you can get addicted to it really fast,and it will bring your life down quick.Hope this was helpful.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:28 pm December 15th, 2015

Thanks for sharing your story, Aaron. Hope our readers find your comment useful. All the best!

M
5:10 am December 17th, 2015

Will taking just two Percocet show up on hair drug test?

Suzanne
1:17 pm February 2nd, 2016

While waiting for insurance authorization for injections to treat a pinched nerve of the cervical spine my PA has prescribed 10 oxycodone 325 acetaminophen. The prescription is for one tablet every 6 hr and after about 3 hours I’m ready to tear my hair out. I started on 7.5/325 every 4 hr. which wasn’t doing the trick so they increased the dose just yesterday to 10/325 but only every 6 hr. Instead of 4.Any harm in taking it every 4 hr? I’m not going to be able to get through the 14 days I’m told it takes for insurance to ok the injections. And although ibuprofen really helps to alleviate the pain I was told not to take it since it’s a blood thinner and I would have to be off it for 7 days before any procedure could be performed.

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