Why Does Percocet Make Me Itch?

Question

Asked by mb

Why Does Percocet Make Me Itch?

I'm wondering if anyone knows why I get itchy when I take Percocet? Is that normal?

Answer

It is common to itch when taking an opioid due to the histamine release.   An over-the-counter antihistamine (common allergy medicine) will usually take care of it.   Sometimes after you've been taking the medication for awhile, the itching will go away on its own.

If the itching bothers you too much and an antihistamine doesn't help, you might talk with your doctor about switching you to an opioid in a different chemical class.

If you'd like to read about other common side effects of your medication, this article may help. And remember too that your pharmacist is a good person to call if you have a question about your reaction to any medication.

Answered by Karen Lee Richards