Endocet is primarily used for treating moderate to moderately severe pain. The medication, which consists of two different pain relievers, is most often used for treating short-term pain due to injury, surgery, or a dental procedure. However, this prescription medication is also occasionally used for chronic pain or migraines. Healthcare providers may sometimes recommend off-label Endocet uses, such as for the treatment of insomnia or coughing.
What Is Endocet Used For?Endocet® (oxycodone/APAP) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain.
Sometimes, Endocet is used to treat migraines, chronic pain, or other types of recurring or long-term conditions that cause pain. However, it is most often used for treating short-term pain, such as pain due to an injury, a surgery, or dental procedure. It is often used (or rather, abused) inappropriately, as it contains oxycodone, a narcotic medication.
How Does Endocet Work?Endocet contains two different medications: oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is the more powerful of the two medications. It is a semi-synthetic narcotic, opioid pain reliever. It is chemically related to codeine. Oxycodone is effective at decreasing pain and relieving coughing, but also causes drowsiness and decreased breathing (known medically as respiratory depression).
Acetaminophen is a pain reliever and fever reducer commonly found in non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol®. Adding acetaminophen to oxycodone helps improve the effectiveness of both medications at relieving pain and may limit the abuse potential of oxycodone (the maximum dose of Endocet is limited by the acetaminophen content). Make sure to carefully monitor your acetaminophen intake (including acetaminophen from other sources) while taking Endocet in order to avoid toxicity (see Endocet Drug Interactions and Endocet Dosage for more information).