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Question : The number on my pain prescription bottle shows 7.5/325. What does the 325 mean?
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Howard LeWine, M.D., is chief editor of Internet Publishing, Harvard Health Publications. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. LeWine has been a primary care internist and teacher of internal medicine since 1978.

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Two numbers with a “slash” between them almost always means that the pill contains 2 ingredients. Prescription pain pills often contain a combination of a narcotic and a non-narcotic pain reliever. The non-narcotic pain reliever is usually acetaminophen or aspirin.

For many people, combining the narcotic with a non-narcotic pain medicine provides better relief than taking the narcotic only. This often means you can control pain with less total narcotic use.

For example, Percocet tablets contain oxycodone and acetaminophen. But Percocet comes in 6 different strengths. And each has different amount of oycodone or acetaminophen.

If you did get generic Percocet, then the label would read oxycodone with acetaminophen, 7.5/325. This means each tablet contains 7.5 milligrams of oxycodone and 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.

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