is available in many combinations and is often used to treat moderate to severe
pain as well as to treat cough. Hydrocodone identifies under the class of
opiate (narcotic) analgesics and in a class of medicines called antitussives.
Hydrocodone relieves pain by changing the way the brain perceives pain. Thus
Hydrocodone relieves cough and by decreasing the coughing activity in the brain.
Hydrocodone is taken in a combination of at
least one other medicine. Do take note of this medicine and the complications
it may hold. So be sure to ask any questions to your doctor about any of these
This medicine is often used in the form of a tablet, capsule, syrup, and a solution and is often taken in intervals of every 4-6 hours as prescribed. Swallow the capsules and do not crush, chew or spit them.
For extended-release suspension shaking it before use so that the medicines are in the proper format is necessary. Do not mix this with other medicines or solutions like water.
Hydrocodone can cause severe breathing problems during the first 24-72 hours of your treatment or anytime the dose is also increased. Your doctor will track you very carefully during this time. Tell your doctor if you have asthma or slow breathing at the time of this. Your doctor will tell you against the use of hydrocodone combinations if in case you have any lung disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, a head injury, a brain tumor, or any conditions that increase the pressure in your head. The risk of breathing problems is higher if you are an older adult, weak or malnourished due to disease.
Thus Hydrocodone is not usually prescribed to children under the age of 18. As it can cause severe breathing problems. So, taking certain medicines with hydrocodone can have It reacts and cause fatal side effects. So look out for medicines like:
- Antifungal medicines
- Medicines for immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
· Medication for mental illness or nausea
· Medication for pain
· Muscle relaxants
· Sleeping pills
Thus your doctor may need to switch your dosage and will monitor you. So if you do take hydrocodone with any of these medicines and notice any of these symptoms contact your doctor immediately:
- Extreme sleepiness
- Difficulty in breathing
Drinking alcohol or using alcohol-based medicines with hydrocodone can cause life-threatening situations. So, avoid using any alcohol-based products and alcohol itself with hydrocodone-based medicines.
Do not share your medicines with anyone as they can cause life-threatening side effects or even death. Especially children since they are also affected in the worst way possible.
Tell your doctor if you plan on getting pregnant
or are pregnant before the medicine prescription. If you use hydrocodone during
pregnancy your baby is well exposed to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms
upon birth. So if your baby faces any of these symptoms contact your doctor