Percocet is a painkiller that contains a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. Oxycodone is in a group of drugs that are referred to as narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is a much less potent pain reliever but is a drug that increases the effects of oxycodone. Percocet is taked to help relieve moderate to severe pain. It is a drug that can cause side effects that may impair your reactions and thinking. This means that when taking Percocet you should be wary of doing anything that requires you to be very awake or alert, like driving. Taking Percocet with alcohol can increase your risk of liver damage so avoid doing so while on the prescription. Percocet can be habit forming and should only be taken by the person to which it was prescribed, so make sure you keep it in a secure place.
Vicodin is also a painkiller that comes in tablet form. It contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Like oxycodone, hydrocodone is also within the group of drugs called narcotic pain killers. Vicodin is used in a similar fashion to Percocet to help relieve moderate and severe pain. It should never be shared with another person, particularly someone who has a history of drug addiction, as it is a highly habit-forming drug. If a doctor is recommended Vicodin to you then you should let them know if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease or if you drink over three alcoholic drinks a day. This could mean that you will need to be prescribed an alternative painkiller.