• anna anna
    March 10, 2009
    Side effects of percocet
    anna anna
    March 10, 2009
    I did see the information about percocet. Can it build up in the body after prolonged use? My dad takes 1 pill/day for last year after unsuccessful back surgery. He is experiencing pulmonary edema (lung drained once; still build-up) and loss of blood (from where they don't know after extensive testing). He's had two transfusions since Dec. 5, 2008 and his levels are dropping again. Both of these are listed side effects to percocet, but he takes so little--could the effect be cumulative? Thank you. READ MORE

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 13, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    March 13, 2009

    Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen.  Both should be completely out of his system within about 20 hours if his kidneys are functioning properly.  Too much acetaminophen, however, can cause kidney and/or liver problems – particularly if he already had problems in those areas to begin with.  Generally speaking, the amount of acetaminophen he is getting with only one Percocet a day shouldn't be too much unless he is taking other medications (either prescription or over-the-counter) that also contain acetaminophen. 

     

    I'm not a pharmacist – I'm just going by the information in my drug reference.  You might want to call your dad's pharmacist and ask him/her that question to be sure.  Most pharmacists are happy to answer any medication-related questions.


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