Compare Acetaminophen With Codeine vs. Percocet

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Tylenol #3
(acetaminophen / codeine)

Percocet
(oxycodone / acetaminophen)

Treats mild to moderate pain. Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a good option to treat pain and cough as needed when over-the-counter medicines can't control the symptoms, but must make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.Treats moderate to severe pain. Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is the strongest prescription combination pain medicine for as needed pain relief, but make sure you don't take too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) to avoid liver problems or death.
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4.98Acetaminophen With Codeine
Reviews for Acetaminophen With Codeine
69%
of people (All ages) say Acetaminophen With Codeine is worth it
41%
say it works well
9%
say it's a big hassle
581 reviews
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Reviews for Percocet
70%
-1% worse vs. Acetaminophen With Codeine
49%
-8% worse vs. Acetaminophen With Codeine
15%
+6% better vs. Acetaminophen With Codeine
1399 reviews
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Side effects
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The Acetaminophen With Codeine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
Tylenol #3 (Acetaminophen / Codeine) is a combination pain medicine. Codeine is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) is a combination pain medicine. Oxycodone is an opioid (similar to morphine) that works in the brain to lower pain perception. Acetaminophen is a non-opioid pain reliever and fever reducer.
Type of medication
Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
Used for
Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Coming soon.
    • Current liver disease
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines with acetaminophen
    • Age 65 or greater
    • Higher dose
    Detailed Percocet (oxycodone / acetaminophen) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Alcohol
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Food
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    Kidneys and liver
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • The acetaminophen component in Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) can hurt your liver. Using more than 4000 mg of the acetaminophen (or 12 tablets of Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen) can cause serious harm to your liver that may make you need a liver transplant and can be life-threatening. Don't take more than your doctor prescribes, and avoid other medicines that have acetaminophen when using Percocet (Oxycodone / Acetaminophen).
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    Pain
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Good for as-needed pain and control.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (oxycodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Generally considered stronger than Norco or other combination pain medicine for treating pain.
    Sleep
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    Upsides and benefits
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (codeine) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Provides quick relieve for mild to moderate pain to improve quality of life.
    • Good for as-needed pain and control.
    • Generally well tolerated by people, especially if taken with food to lower risk of stomach upset.
    • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    • Combination pain medicine with an opioid component (oxycodone) and non-opioid component (acetaminophen or Tylenol) that takes advantage of different modes of pain relieve in a single pill.
    • Provides quick relief for moderate to severe pain to improve quality of life.
    • Generally considered stronger than Norco or other combination pain medicine for treating pain.
    • Good for as-needed, short-term use, but may be helpful to manage more long-term pain problems if used at the appropriate doses and intervals.
    • Lower rates of misuse compared to pure opioid medicines.
    • Can help you fall asleep easier.
    Downsides and risks
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Acetaminophen with codeine if you need.
    • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
    • The non-opioid part of Acetaminophen with codeine, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
    • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Dizziness and drowsiness is common, but your body may adjust.
    • Everyone will get constipation - always stay hydrated and take stool softener or stimulant on days you're taking Percocet if you need.
    • All opioid containing medicines have the risk of physical dependence and possibility of withdrawal when used long-term.
    • The non-opioid part of Percocet, acetaminophen (Tylenol), has a high risk of liver failure and death if you take more than the maximum daily dose. Be very careful.
    • Relies on the users to be aware of how much acetaminophen (Tylenol) they are using since it is a very common ingredient in many prescription and non-prescription pain medicines.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Acetaminophen With CodeinePercocet
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Starts working in 30 minutes.
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
    • Avoid activities need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    • Constipation is common and may not go away while you're taking this medicine. Drinking lots of water and using laxatives can help.
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • Use it for the shortest time possible, and at the lowest dose possible, to lower your chance of becoming addicted.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't help enough for your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
    • This is a combination pain medication. It contains both an opioid medicine, and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
    • Starts working in 30 minutes.
    • Works best if you take it as soon as you start feeling pain.
    • Pain relief lasts 4-6 hours.
    • Can make you dizzy or drowsy.
    • Avoid activities need you to be fully alert until you know how it affects you.
    • Take it with food to lower the chance of an upset stomach.
    • Constipation is common and may not go away while you're taking this medicine. Drinking lots of water and using laxatives can help.
    • Don't take more than instructed to prevent liver damage.
    • Use it for the shortest time possible, and at the lowest dose possible, to lower your chance of becoming addicted.
    • Talk to your doctor if it doesn't work well enough to relieve your pain, or if the side effects are really bad.
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