What is Hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone is a widely prescribed pain reliever, sold under the brand name Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a powerful pain reliever, but it can also be addictive. Extended-release forms of hydrocodone, such as Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER, helps treat severe pain around the clock.
Hydrocodone is an opioid that belongs to the class of drugs known as narcotic analgesics.
Hydrocodone may slow or stop your breathing. Do not take this drug in high amounts or take it for a longer duration. An extended-release pill should not be crushed, broken, or opened. To avoid being exposed to a potentially fatal dose, swallow it whole.
Even at regular doses, hydrocodone has the potential to become addictive. Never give this medication to anyone else, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a safe place where people cannot get it easily.
Improper use of opioid medications can cause addiction, overdose, or death.
If you are pregnant, notify your doctor. If the mother has used hydrocodone while pregnant, the newborn may experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms after it is born.
If you use opioid medication with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing, it may lead to fatal side effects.
What to know before taking hydrocodone?
Do not use hydrocodone if you are allergic to it or if you have severe asthma or breathing problems, or if you have a blockage in your intestines or stomach.
Tell your doctor if you had any of the following conditions to make sure that hydrocodone is safe for you:
- breathing problems, sleep apnea
- liver or kidney disease
- problems with your gallbladder, pancreas, or thyroid
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures
- drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness
- urination problems
- a heart rhythm disorder called long QT syndrome
If you use opioid medications while pregnant, your baby may become dependent on the drug. Your baby may have life-threatening withdrawal symptoms after it is born.
If you are breastfeeding, tell your doctor before taking hydrocodone. Inform your doctor if you notice the nursing baby is drowsy or breathing slowly.
How to take hydrocodone?
Hydrocodone has a high potential to be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Read all medication guides and follow the directions on your prescription label. Never take more hydrocodone or take it for a longer time than prescribed. Inform your doctor if you have an increased desire to take more of this medication.
Never give opioid medication to anyone else, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Improper use of opioid medicines may lead to addiction, overdose, or death. It is illegal to sell or give away hydrocodone. You can buy hydrocodone online with a prescription.
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