As an opiate, EndocetR is used to treat pain that is moderate to severe. This medication works by affecting how the nervous system and brain respond to pain. Endocet by itself is oxycodone, but it can also be purchased in combination with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
How to take Endocet
Endocet can be purchased as a liquid, as tablets, as capsules and as long-acting tablets. The long-acting tablets are normally taken every 12 hours. All of the other forms are usually taken every 4 to 6 hours. Carefully follow the directions on the label when taking Endocet. This medication can be taken with or without food.
Liquid Endocet should be measured very carefully with the dropper that comes with the medication. Before taking it, double check to make sure it is the correct amount. Mix it with one ounce of applesauce, juice or pudding.
Your doctor will determine the amount of Endocet you should take according to your medical condition and the way you respond to this drug. Never take Endocet more frequently, never increase the amount on your own, and never take it for longer than your doctor prescribed. When it is time to stop taking Endocet, follow your doctor's orders.
Side effects of Endocet
As with most medications, Endocet may have side effects in certain people. Inform your doctor if any of the following symptoms do not go away or if they become severe: loss of appetite, nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, red eyes, headache, mood changes, itching, weakness, drowsiness, sweating or decrease in pupil size.
Call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following: slow breathing; hives; fast or slow heartbeat; rash; difficulty breathing; swelling of the tongue, throat, lips, eyes, face, ankles, hands, lower legs or feet; problems swallowing; hallucinating; hoarseness; seizures; loss of consciousness; confusion; fainting or dizziness. These symptoms seldom happen, but if they do, they can be serious.
How to store Endocet
Do not store Endocet in the bathroom, as it must be kept away from excess moisture, heat and light. Flush any medication that is expired or is no longer needed down the toilet. Liquid Endocet should be thrown away 90 days after it is opened. As with all medication, keep Endocet out of the reach of children.
How long Endocet stays in your system
The length of time that Endocet stays in your system depends on how much is being taken, the frequency it is being taken, the person's excretion and metabolic rates, the drug's half-life and the user's activity, weight, diet and age. Under normal conditions, Endocet will not show up after three to four days on a urine test, after 24 hours on a blood test, after one to four days on a saliva test, and after 90 days on a hair test.