Percocet is a pain relief drug, a combination of oxycodone hydrochloride and acetaminophen, which can be administered orally and injected intravenously, according to WebMD. Percocet is manufactured by Endo pharmaceuticals.
Oxycodone is a narcotic and modifies the way the brain processes pain signals from the nerves, according to WebMD. Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic analgesic and antipyretic, relieving pain and reducing fever, and it is commonly found in over the counter medications, including Tylenol and Anacin. Percocet is usually prescribed for moderate to severe chronic or persistent pain. The combination drug was first approved for use by the FDA in 1976, according to FDA.net. Other brand names of oxycodone and acetaminophen combinations include Endocet, Magnacet, Narvox, Roxicet, and Tylox.