The combination oxycodone/paracetamol (North American trade name Percocet, generic Endocet and Ratio-Oxycocet in Canada) is a combined opioid/non-opioid pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe acute (short-term) pain, marketed by Endo International plc, formerly Endo Pharmaceuticals.
As of August 2014, Endo Pharmaceuticals produces Percocet in the following dosages. Percocet tablets are available in four combinations of oxycodone hydrochloride with 325 mg of paracetamol / acetaminophen, each having different appearances and usual maximum daily doses:
|Oxycodone Hydrochloride (mg)||Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) (mg)||Tablet Color||Tablet Shape|
Implicated in deaths
On June 30, 2009, an FDA advisory panel recommended that Percocet, Vicodin, and every other combination of acetaminophen with narcotic analgesics be limited in their sales because of their contributions to an alleged 400 acetaminophen-related deaths in the United States each year, that were attributed to acetaminophen overdose and associated liver damage.
In December 2009, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported a study finding a fivefold increase in oxycodone-related deaths in Ontario (mostly accidental) between 1991 and 2007 that led to a doubling of all opioid-related Ontario deaths over the same period.
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