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Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Information

About Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone

Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone is used to treat moderate to severe types of pain. Acetaminophen is successful in reducing a chemical in the brain that stimulates the pain nerves, when combined with Hydrocodone provides better pain relief than either drug alone.

Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know

Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone:
  • An allergic or abnormal reaction to hydrocodone, acetaminophen, or other opioid analgesics, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Heart or circulation problems
  • Hepatitis
  • If you are receiving cancer chemotherapy or other immunosuppressant medicines
  • Infection
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease or difficulty breathing
  • Problems urinating
  • Seizures or other neurological disorders

If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone may not be recommended for certain situations.

Administering Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone

It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.

Take Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone capsules whole, by mouth, with a full glass of water. Remember when taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone or any prescription drug to follow the prescription label closely. To prevent an upset stomach you may take Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone with food. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.

What if I Miss a Dose of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone

In the event that a dose of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you’ve already missed.

Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.

Conflicting Medications

Always consult the doctor who prescribed Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
  • Antacids
  • Barbiturates such as Phenobarbital
  • Certain antihistamines used in cold medicines
  • Certain tranquilizers or antidepressants
  • Cimetidine
  • Drugs for seizures
  • Medicines for high blood pressure
  • Medicines which contain alcohol
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Warfarin
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
  • Are a smoker
  • Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
  • Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis

All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone.

Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Common side effects

The following are side effects known to be common of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.

  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Flushing
  • Gas or heartburn
  • Itching
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pinpoint Pupil

None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.

Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Least Common side effects

The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone:

  • Chest pain or irregular heartbeat
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing
  • Fever, chills, muscle aches or pains
  • Severe rash
  • Unusual weakness

It is important that you contact your physician right away if you've experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.

Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Precautions

You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.

Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.

Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone and may affect desired results. Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone is against the law.

How To Store Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone

The following is general storage information for Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone:

  • It is important that you store Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Make sure Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
  • Be sure to store Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
  • Dispose of any expired or unused Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone properly.

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Conditions of USE: The prescription drug information on this database is to be used for instructional purposes only; it is not intended to substitute for the knowledge of a healthcare professional. Please consult a physician before and while you are taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone. If you experience any other side effects while taking Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone please consult an experienced professional. This database does not contain all the information regarding Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone nor is it intended to cover all possible directions, side effects, and uses. If you need more information regarding Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone, contact your physician or any other healthcare provider.

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