Endocet Warnings and Precautions
Specific Endocet Warnings and PrecautionsWarnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Endocet include the following:
- Endocet is a narcotic medication with significant potential for abuse. It is not a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Do not take the drug more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with Endocet, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Endocet contains acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Taking too much Endocet, or taking it in combination with other products that contain acetaminophen, can cause severe liver problems or even death due to Tylenol poisoning. Endocet may not be a good choice for people who already have liver disease.
- Check with your healthcare provider before taking the drug if you have hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, an enlarged prostate, epilepsy, gallbladder problems, pancreatic disease, or kidney disease, as Endocet may not be the best choice for you.
- Endocet can cause slow and irregular breathing. In severe situations, this may result in life-threatening complications. This may be especially dangerous in people with lung problems.
- The medication can cause problems in people with head injuries or high intercranial pressure. Endocet should only be used with extreme caution in such circumstances.
- Endocet can cause a decrease in blood pressure, which can be especially dangerous if you already have low blood pressure.
- Endocet can interfere with the diagnosis of many conditions that cause severe abdominal (stomach) pain.
- Like any other narcotic, Endocet can cause dizziness and drowsiness, and may increase the risk of falls in elderly people.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Endocet affects you. Your reflexes and reaction times may be significantly affected, even if you feel fine.
- Narcotics such as Endocet are likely to cause constipation. This side effect does not go away as you continue to take the drug. Usually, laxatives are necessary to treat and prevent constipation due to Endocet.
- Endocet can potentially interact with several other medications (see Endocet Drug Interactions).
- Endocet is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Oxycodone/APAP and Pregnancy).
- This medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking Endocet (see Oxycodone/APAP and Breastfeeding).