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Hydrocodone drug interactions

What is Hydrocodone for?

Hydrocodone is a medication to relieve moderate to severe pain. This drug can be combined with ibuprofen or paracetamol.

Hydrocodone is an opioid painkiller that works by blocking the transmission of pain signals in the central nervous system. With this, the pain can be reduced immediately.

Please note that this medicine is not to be used as a regular painkiller and is used when other pain relievers are not effective. Hydrocodone should only be used by medical specialists who use a doctor’s prescription.

Dosage and Instructions for the use of Hydrocodone

A doctor will give Hydrocodone. The dose will be determined based on the age, condition of the patient, and the body’s response to the medicine.

The following is the dosage of Hydrocodone to relieve moderate to severe pain in adults according to the dosage form of the medicine:

  • Hydrocodone extended-release capsule

Initial dose 10 mg, two times a day. The dose may be increased by 10 mg every 3–7 days. The maximum quantity is 80 mg per day.

  • Hydrocodone extended-release tablets

The initial dose is 20 mg, once a day. The dose may be increased by 10–20 mg every 3–5 days. The maximum quantity is 80 mg daily.

  • For elderly patients, the lowest hydrocodone dose will be given. Then the dose can be increased if needed.

How to Take Hydrocodone Correctly

Use Hydrocodone according to the doctor’s advice, and don’t forget to read the information on the drug packaging. Do not increase or decrease the dose, and do not take the drug more than the recommended timeframe.

Hydrocodone can be taken before or after meals. Take hydrocodone capsules or tablets with a glass of water. Do not crush, chew, or split this medication, as this may affect the effectiveness of the drug.

Make sure that there is sufficient time between one dose and the next. Try to take Hydrocodone at the same time every day for maximum treatment.

Carry out regular check-ups according to the schedule given by the doctor so that the condition and response to therapy can be monitored. Do not stop taking Hydrocodone suddenly because this medicine can cause unwanted symptoms in users, especially for patients who have been using it for a long time.

What side effects can the use of this medicine cause?

Like all medicines, Hydrocodone use can cause side effects.

Side effects caused by Hydrocodone are nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, restlessness, happy or sad mood, dry throat, difficulty urinating, and itching.

You should not use Hydrocodone if you are allergic to this medicine or any ingredients.

Do not take more than the prescription dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; it can even cause poisoning or serious side effects.

Suppose you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed on Hydrocodone, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Carry a medicine box, container, or label with you to help your doctor with the information they need.

Don’t give your medication to anyone else even if you know they have the same condition or that it looks like they have a similar situation. This can result in an overdose.