Uses of Hydrocodone
Hydrocodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain. Acetaminophen can also reduce a fever.
How to utilize Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen
Read the Medication Guide and, even if accessible, the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. In case you have any questions, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your health care provider. You might take this drug with or without food. For those who have nausea, then it may help to take this medication with food. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist regarding other techniques to reduce nausea (such as lying down for 1 to 2 hours with as small head movement as possible).
If you’re using a liquid form of the medication, use a medicine measuring apparatus to measure the prescribed dosage carefully. Do not use a family spoon because you may not get the appropriate dose.
Some of these side effects can decrease once you have been using this medication for some time. If any of these effects persist or worsen, then tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
To prevent constipation, eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and work out. You might also have to have a laxative. Consult your pharmacist on which type of laxative is ideal for you.
To decrease the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a lying or sitting position.
Many people using this medication don’t have serious side effects.
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other opioids (such as benzhydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine), even if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which may lead to allergic reactions or other issues. Talk with your pharmacist for more details.
Before applying for this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: brain disorders (for example, head injury, tumor, seizures),
breathing problems (for example, asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD),
kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders (such as sadness, depression, thoughts of suicide),
family or personal history of a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol),
stomach/intestinal problems (such as blockage, constipation, diarrhea due to disease, paralytic ileus),
difficulty urinating (such as due to enlarged prostate), gallbladder disease, disease of the pancreas (pancreatitis).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machines, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it securely. Stay away from alcoholic beverages. Talk with your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Liquid products can contain sugar and alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, or other conditions that require you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet plan. Consult your physician or pharmacist about using this product securely.
Before having surgery, tell your health care provider or dentist about all of the products that you use (including prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and herbal products).
Children may be more sensitive to the negative effects of this medication, especially slow/shallow breathing.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the negative effects of this drug, especially confusion, dizziness, nausea, and slow/shallow breathing.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when needed. It may hurt an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.