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Oxycodone Hydrochloride, Aspirin Oral tablet
Generic Name: aspirin-oxycodone | Brand Name: Percodan-Demi
What is this medicine?ASPIRIN; OXYCODONE (AS pir in; ox i KOE done) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bleeding disorders, hemophilia
- constipation or other intestinal problems
- drink more than 3 alcohol-containing drinks per day
- drug abuse or addiction
- lung or breathing disease, like asthma
- recent head injury
- stomach ulcers
- an unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin, oxycodone, codeine, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. You can take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin or heparin
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
- barbiturates like phenobarbital
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for seizures like phenytoin, valproic acid
- medicines for sleep
- muscle relaxants
- naltrexone, naloxone
- narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- oral medicines for diabetes
- phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
- some heart medicines like enalapril, metoprolol
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not go away, if it gets worse, or if you have new or a different type of pain. You may develop tolerance to the medicine. Tolerance means that you will need a higher dose of the medicine for pain relief. Tolerance is normal and is expected if you take the medicine for a long time.
Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your body becomes used to the medicine. This does NOT mean you are addicted. Addiction is a behavior related to getting and using a drug for a non-medical reason. If you have pain, you have a medical reason to take pain medicine. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
There are different types of narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain. If you take more than one type at the same time, you may have more side effects. Give your health care provider a list of all medicines you use. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. Do not take more medicine than directed. Call emergency for help if you have problems breathing.
Too much aspirin can be very dangerous. Do not take aspirin or medicines that contain aspirin with this medicine. Many non-prescription medicines contain aspirin. Always read the labels carefully.
If you are less than 15 years of age and have the chicken pox, flu, or other infection like the common cold, talk to your doctor. Do not use the medicine if you are a teenager or child that may have a viral infection.
This medicine may cause constipation. Try to have a bowel movement at least every 2 to 3 days. If you do not have a bowel movement for 3 days, call your doctor or health care professional.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- black, tarry stools
- changes in vision
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- fever, chills, muscle aches and pains
- lightheaded, faint
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dizziness, drowsiness
- dry mouth
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset
- unusual sweating
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep your medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and against the law.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed.
Discard unused medicine and used packaging carefully. Pets and children can be harmed if they find used or lost packages. Flush any unused medicines down the toilet. Do not use the medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.