Percocet is a brand-name prescription pain reliever used to treat numerous injuries and medical problems. Generally prescribed for joint, muscular and tooth pain, Percocet also can be used after minor or major surgery. Percocet is a narcotic analgesic that contains both acetaminophen and oxycodone.
Percocet has a half-life of approximately 4 hours, which is the time it takes for your body to metabolize and excrete the medication or drug from your body. The body is considered clean after five half-lives. Several factors will affect the rate of metabolism, such as your age, weight, amount of the drug taken and how the drug is taken. Drugs that are injected are in the bloodstream quicker and are metabolized faster than a pill taken orally. People metabolize drugs at a different rate, so the time a drug stays in your system will vary from person to person. For an average person, Percocet is no longer detected in the blood after approximately 20 hours.
Only take Percocet if it is prescribed to you by a doctor. Percocet contains a narcotic, and even taking prescribed amounts could cause long-term physical and mental addictions. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion and slower motor skills. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.