How is Percocet prescribed?

Percocet is prescribed in varying doses only by medical doctors MDs as an opiate pain medication. More on Percocet dosage, cost, and prescriptions here.

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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).

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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Medications are an important part of pain management, but many medications for chronic pain, including opioids and other medications, can be very dangerous in the wrong hands.

  2. Katherine, don’t give up. I was on percocet (12/day). Doctor said too much acetaminophen, so he switched me over to straight oxycontin 2 x 40 mg./day (no acetaminophen). My body started to become very tolerant to set dosage and I end up seeking more through “friends” and eventually ended up at 320 to 400 mg./day, lethal if I hadn’t built such a high tolerance over the 7 years prior to my 4/5 lumbar fusion. My surgeon knew I was at a very high level and after surgery I was still being prescribed for the first month after evasive surgery. My nerve root pain was pretty much gone, however, every time I tried to cut back I got deathly ill. I found a good addiction doctor who started me on suboxone 24/6 mg. (24 mg buprenorphine an opioid and naloxone, same as narcan an opioid antagonist used for overdoses). This stopped the withdrawal as you still get the opioid and no illness, however it ceases the euphoria and over time you don’t feel the craving. Over the period of 2 years, I reduced the suboxone down to 2/1 mg./day and after a couple months of that, I made the jump to quit. I was sick for a few days, but not nearly as bad as previous attempts to quit with no cravings. I have been opioid free for 2 years now and don’t even think about. One note though, about 6 months after quitting, I did suffer depression for about 3 – 4 weeks, wasn’t pleasant, but after that I felt like my old self again…No intake at treatment facility required, just meetings with a councillor every 2 weeks for 4 months ( I’m sure NA would work as well). This Woked for me, good luck,


  3. I have dealt with my pain for over some yrs now I would say about 11before I couldn’t bare it anymore I have lumbar spinal stenosis, cervical ridicopalthy, sciatica, coral tunnel. My spine was crushing down on my nerve in my back which causes my head back and arm to hurt, I also have numbers, burning, tingling, weakness and pain in my right arm, I don’t use my right side much but I am right handed because of the pain I also slipped and broke my wrist on my right arm just really added to the problem I was told to see another Dr because I was afraid of the cervical fission surgery but one day a pain struck me like lightening down my right arm and just barely in the left so I agreed to the surgery and they went through the front of my neck also the back replaced discs can1-7with pins and screws went down to t1-2 the Dr left me like a body in the morgue I have had problems getting pain meds since the surgery in Oct caught SSI had to get cut back open rinsed with antibiotics have a picc line in my arm my question is why wont the surgeon or the pain management Dr prescribe me percocet which that’s been the only pain meds I’ve ever taken that helps my surgery was Oct 13-17 2017back in my neck Nov 17 I haven’t been able to sleep since surgery

  4. I would just like to say… perks ruined my life I have literally turned my everyday into finding them I spend on average forty dollars a day, if you do the math that’s almost 1000 a month of course like everyone else no docs where I live will prescribe them to me so I have to find them else where I have lost everything my car my relationships with everyone, friends ,family and wife.. I know living with pain sucks…it all started for me when I got in a car wreck and my back kept hurting I really enjoyed the high I got when I was prescribed them so when I realized my local drug dealers had some it was on and popin I’m currently detoxin from them now and I’m here to tell you it’s no fun at all shakes the hot and cold flashes aches and pains thankfully I don’t get diarrhea from it or I couldn’t take it oh and also it’s 4:07 am where I am and I’m wide awake insomnia… so long and short of what I’m trying to say is take em if your prescribed and have chronic pain but don’t abuse them cause once your addicted like I am you’ll spend your last dollar to get one with two weeks till your next paycheck

  5. I have severe back pains and also my hands are starting to hurt when cleaning and doing other stuff which I mean my bones and wrists. I have a question if the doctor can prescribe me “Percocet” for those pains. I’ve tried different pain killers and I’ve read about this just concerned if it’ll be prescribed to me as I read a few articles that it helps for pain which I could use for everyday use. Email me or let me know on your feedback.

    1. Hi Robin. First, I suggest that you run some tests about your pain problems. Then, consult with a doctor about alternatives to painkillers.

  6. I was perscribed percet 10/325 1-2 tablets every 6 hrs as needed. It was perscribed for my sciatica but also found out it helps my neuropathy in my feet, i am diabetic and my feet neuropathy is much worse at night when lying down. So to try and prevent getting addicted I just take the pills at night but I take like 5 of them, and for some reason they keep me awake all night ,so the next night normally , I fall asleep quite early so I don’t take any basically I take 5 pills of the 10/325 once every other is that dangerous for me and can I get addicted that way? And why does taking 5 pills keep me up all night ? And cold these pills affect my bladder because I’ve been having trouble going pee , it’s like I have to really force it out to empty my bladder , any advice would be appreciated.

  7. Hi im on percoset 10/325 i had a 8hr ans 23 min abdominal surgery and am hurting bad how do i wean my self off im still in ALOT OF PAIN

    1. Hi Mike. If you want to wean off, I suggest that you consult with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

  8. I’m going to pain management for the first time tomorrow. I pay cash for everything including my MRI.. I have a few body problems but mostly BC I tore my rotator cuff and, broke my clavicle. … Narco not working anymore. What should I ask for. IV been looking up percacet. And subutex so would that work or any suggestion. I have to be able to be up during the day. I don’t want anything that makes me sleepy or drowsy during the day.. But it’s uncomfortable to sleep at nite can or should I ask for percacet and like Ambian? He doesn’t prescribe xanex

  9. Hi, I’ve been having chronic pain for about 13years now I’ve had a couple of wrecks 1 where I was tee boned a few slip and falls….Also I have scoliosis, bulging disc, pinched nerves, cervical radiopathy, and numbness in my left shoulder and leg…Someone please help me with advice…My doctor referred me to do physical therapy but i have been suffering for years with only taking ibuprofen, motrin, and naproxen…What medicines are best for my conditions

  10. If you have HPV and BV and your pain is so unbearable when having sex and sometimes even throughout normal life could you be prescribed something for severe pain? It’s horrible. Going to a gynecologist Monday. But really stressed out no sex life Neitheir. Feels like someone is stabbing me. 🙁

  11. I have a regular NP who prescribes me oxycodone 10/325 1 every 6 hours as need for 30 days for my back pain that I have had for years after multiple surgeries. Just recently I tore a ligament in my shoulder and went to an orthopedic clinic to get checked out and they prescribed me 30 5/325 oxycodone for 30 days. My question is if I got the 5/325 filled and my NP prescribes my monthly 10/325 a week later could I get them filled without any difficulties even though they are 2 different Mg’s of the same narcotic and are from 2 different dr’s??

  12. This link said you could leave Percocet related questions here… Is that correct?
    Question: is there evidence of family intolerance to Percocet? Mother became very emotional, explosive in her anger/ and fearful and lonely. Father very confused! Forgetful. Pops a Percocet when he has pain, and drinks alcohol daily (after 5:00 pm).

  13. Wow I’ve been on percs. For over a good amount of years. And came across your site today. Wow really great valuable information really great job. I’m a bit more informed now,thanks. I have no doubt at all how many lives your saving by sharing all your info and stats and help. Really congrats. Also the people who respond to some the questions what are they in relation to having Rx background, if none it’s still all good as it is quite good advice anyways. Great job and I will share your website’s with whomever I know to take pain meds and other Rx’s..

    1. Hello Castliogne. It’s so nice to read a comment from a reader like you every once in a while. You make us see that all the effort is worthwhile and that people are really being helped. Thank you for your kind words! You made my day 🙂

  14. I think before taking any medicine even an otc we should consult our doctor because we might even be allergic to ingredients in an otc drug.

  15. I have degenerative disc disease and can’t seem to find anything to help the pain do you think perecot would be the right answer?

    1. Hi Betty. Did you speak with your pain doctor? If not, I suggest that you first consult with him/her.

  16. Sometimes back pain may be the symptom of kidney related disease. Consult your doctor if your back pain is not going after trying several treatment.

  17. I’m currently taking 10 mg morphine sulphate and would like to switch to percocetes because I have had them before and they don’t make me feel as sick. The reason I need them for my pain is my back and I’m just curious if that is a legitamit reason to ask the doctor I don’t want him totally cutting me of for thinking I’m using them for the wrong purposes

    1. Hi Craig. I suggest you speak openly with your doctor, and tell him/her your reasons to change your medication.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    1. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

    1. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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?

    1. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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????

  32. 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.

  33. 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!!!

  34. 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

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