Generic Name: HYDROCODONE (hye-droe-KO-done) and
Hydrocodone Drug Manufacturer: MALLINCKRODT CHEM
Common Uses: This hydrocodone medicine is a combination of a narcotic and
acetaminophen used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Narcotic
pain-relievers work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal
cord, and acetaminophen decreases the formation of prostaglandins, therefore
reducing pain. This hydrocodone medication may also be used to treat other conditions
(e.g., cough) as determined by your doctor.
How to use this Hydrocodone Medicine: Follow the directions for using this
hydrocodone medication provided by your doctor. Take this hydrocodone medicine by mouth. THIS
MAY BE TAKEN WITH FOOD if it upsets your stomach, although doing so may
decrease its effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about
alternatives for decreasing nausea (e.g., antihistamines, lying down for 1-2
hours with minimal head movement). STORE THIS HYDROCODONE MEDICINE at room temperature
between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed
container, away from heat, moisture, and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS
MEDICINE and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it
is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your
regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Hydrocodone Cautions: DO NOT TAKE THIS HYDROCODONE MEDICINE IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE
ALLERGIC REACTION to codeine, hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine, or oxycodone. A
severe allergic reaction includes a severe rash, hives, breathing
difficulties, or dizziness. If you have a question about whether you are
allergic to this medicine or if a certain medicine contains codeine,
hydrocodone, dihydrocodeine, or oxycodone, contact your doctor or
pharmacist. Monitor your pain as directed by your doctor. If pain is left
untreated and becomes intense, this medicine may not work as well to relieve
it. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE, take this medicine more often, or
for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor. Exceeding the
recommended dose or taking this medicine for longer than prescribed may be
habit-forming. If using this medicine for an extended period of time, DO NOT
SUDDENLY STOP taking this medicine without your doctor's approval. When
using for an extended period, this medicine may not work as well and may
require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medicine stops
working well. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE drowsiness or dizziness. Using this
medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your
ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. AVOID
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES while taking this medicine. To minimize dizziness or
lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.
This medicine may cause constipation. To prevent constipation, maintain a
diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become
constipated while using this medicine talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine contains acetaminophen. Adults should not take more than a
total of 4 grams of acetaminophen per day (3 grams per day if you have liver
disease). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Acetaminophen may cause liver damage. If you drink alcohol on a daily basis,
do not take this medicine without first discussing it with your doctor.
Alcohol use combined with acetaminophen may increase your risk for liver
damage (symptoms include yellowing eyes or skin, stomach pain, dark urine).
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or
over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes other
pain relievers, cough-and-cold medicines, or allergy medicines. These
medicines may contain additional acetaminophen. Taking too much
acetaminophen can be harmful. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of
these products. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY
because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine,
especially the possible decreased breathing and drowsiness effects. FOR
WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the
benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF
THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE
BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor to
discuss the risks to your baby.
Hydrocodone Possible Side Effects: SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during
treatment, include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness,
dizziness, drowsiness, flushing, vision changes, or mental/mood changes. If
they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR
IMMEDIATELY if you experience slow/irregular breathing, slow/irregular
heartbeat, a change in the amount of urine, or a change or loss in hearing
(especially with high doses for long periods). AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this
medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe
dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed
above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.