When it is used?
This medication combination is used for moderate to severe pain relief. It has an opioid (narcotic) pain reliever (hydrocodone) and an acetaminophen (acetaminophen) pain reliever. Hydrocodone works in the brain to change the feeling and response of your body to pain. Acetaminophen is also capable of reducing fever. Due to an increased risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing) this product is not recommended for use in children younger than 6 years.
How to use Hydrocodone
Take this medication with your doctor’s order by mouth. With or without food, you can take this drug. If you have nausea, taking this medicine with food may help. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to reduce nausea (such as lying down with as little head movement as possible for 1 to 2 hours). Use a medication-measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose if you use a liquid form of this medication. Do not use a spoon in your household as you may not get the right dose. The dosage is based on your condition and treatment response. The dose is also based on weight in children. Do not increase your dose, take it more often, or take it longer than prescribed. If so directed, stop the medication properly.
There may be nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightening, dizziness, or drowsiness. Some of these side effects may decrease after a while of using this medication. Tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen. Eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise to prevent constipation. You might need to take a laxative as well. Ask your doctor what kind of laxative is right for you. Rise slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position to reduce the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness.
In case of overdose
If someone has overdosed and has severe symptoms like:
- Passing out or breathing trouble take him/her to the nearest hospital.
- Overdose symptoms may include slow/shallow breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal / stomach pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Sow heartbeat
- Yellow eyes/skin
- Dark urine
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, in particular: brain disorders (such as head injury, tumor, seizures), breathing problems (such as asthma, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD), kidney disease, liver disease, mental / mood disorders (such as confusion, depression, thoughts of suicide), a substance’s personal or family history.