Percocet helps fight short-term pain through a combination of different ingredients, with oxycodone being the main component. It has been approved by the FDA (Drug and Food Administration), and the drug has been on the market since the mid-1970s.
Like many other painkillers, the drug can be abused. The Percocet and its counterpart, the Vicodin, have been linked with 400 deaths per year. These deaths are due to overdose and liver damage.
As long as the medication is taken correctly and its use is stopped when it is not needed anymore, you will be perfectly fine.
If your doctor prescribes Percocet, and soon you have a drug test for work or school, you’d better get some kind of doctor’s note to give to those who take the test, because Percocet is considered a drug related to the abuse of substances (it is a Schedule II drug in the Controlled Substances Act), and you will be marked at the time of taking the test.
Without a doctor’s note, it may be difficult to convince your employer that you are not addicted to the painkiller (unless you have some broken bone in plaster). A doctor’s note should not be too hard to obtain.
Either your doctor writes you one by going for the prescription, or calls your doctor when you find out about the drug test and let him know that you will need the information in writing.
How long does it stay in the system?
Unlike other controlled substances and drugs, Percocet does not stay in your system for too long. The medication should be entirely out of your body and leave no trace in the urine after three to five days.
If you only take the medication once a day, it is wholly excreted in 3 days, but if you are taking Percocet several times a day, it is more likely to remain in the urine for at least five days. If you can avoid taking the medication for a whole week before the drug test, you should be fine.