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|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to hydrocodone, acetaminophen, or any other
part of the medicine.
- If you have severe lung
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used as a pain
|How does it work?|
- Hydrocodone binds to brain receptors, relieving pain. The feeling of
pain and a person's response to pain are also decreased.
- Acetaminophen reduces pain by preventing production of chemicals
|How is it best taken?|
- Take with or without food. Take with food if this medicine causes an
- A liquid (solution, elixir) is available if you cannot swallow pills.
Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube
before and after medicine is given.
- Make sure you are drinking enough liquids unless told to drink less by
healthcare provider. Avoid products with caffeine.
- Do not suddenly stop using this medicine if you have been taking it
for a long time. Medicine should be slowly
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Since this medicine is frequently taken on an as needed basis, do not
take more frequently than every 4-6 hours or as prescribed by healthcare
- Do not take more than 8 tablets or 6 tablespoonfuls per
|What are the precautions when taking this
- This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
- If you are 65 or older, you may have more side effects. You could feel
sleepy and shaky.
- You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities
until you see how this medicine affects you.
- Do not take more than prescribed amount. Liver damage can occur.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- If you are on quinidine, talk with healthcare provider. Hydrocodone
may not work well.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are heavy drinker. Medicine and
frequent alcohol can damage liver.
- Tell healthcare provider if you have lung disease. You may be
sensitive to this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine,
especially pain medicines. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it
affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of
breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Feeling sleepy, lightheaded, or dizzy. Avoid driving, doing other
tasks or activities that require you to be alert until you see how this medicine
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing
diet may help. Talk to healthcare provider about a stool softener or
|What should I monitor?|
- Keep a diary of how well your pain is controlled. If not well
controlled, talk with healthcare provider.
- If no bowel movements in 3 days, call healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Too tired or sleepy.
- Changes in thinking clearly and logically.
- Passing out, fainting, dizziness, or lightheadedness.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Severe nausea or vomiting.
- Any rash.
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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