Prescription drug Endocet is used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain, according to WebMD. Endocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen, and the drug changes how the body feels pain and responds to it. Endocet is available in various strengths and comes in liquid or tablet form.
Endocet is not generally prescribed to manage ongoing pain, explains WebMD. Instead, doctors prescribe longer-acting narcotic medication and advise patients to use Endocet only to alleviate sudden pain.
Side effects of Endocet include dizziness, vomiting, lightheadedness, drowsiness and constipation, notes WebMD. Side effects decrease over time as the body adjusts to the medication. Serious side effects that require medical attention include seizures, difficulty urinating, mental changes and severe stomach pains.
Addiction is a potential concern for Endocet users, but the chance of addiction is lower with patients who take the medication exactly as prescribed, including dosage amount and frequency, instructs WebMD. If taking the liquid form of Endocet, use a measuring device rather than a spoon, as a spoon may not give the correct dosage.
If a patient ceases using Endocet too quickly, he may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, advises WebMD. Additional withdrawal symptoms include sweating, watering eyes, muscle aches, runny nose and restlessness. To help patients avoid withdrawal symptoms, doctors gradually decrease the prescribed dosage.