Hydrocodone is actually an opioid medicine, which can be purchased by patients, in the form of extended release tablet, or capsule. The product is used to ease moderate to severe discomfort and pain, which is accomplished by hindering the receptors on brain and nerves, thus diminishing painful sensations. It is often combined with acetaminophen. It must be noted that acetaminophen is categorized as non-narcotic analgesic, entailing it blocks pain sensation. Vicodin is an example of combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Besides reducing pain and distress, the medication is also recommended to relieve fever, as it has antipyretic properties.
The normal recommended dose for adults is 1-2 pills as required every 4-5 hours, with prescription potency pills ranging anywhere from 2mg to 10mg. Taking more doses than prescribed is in fact considered abuse. Hydrocodone combination products usually come in the form of capsule, tablet, liquid, syrup, extended release capsule, and extended release liquid to be consumed by mouth. Syrup, liquid, capsule and tablet are normally taken every 3-4 hours as required. Extended release capsule and suspension are generally consumed every 12 hours as required. If you are consuming the doses on regular basis, take them around the same time each day.
Before taking hydrocodone, be sure to inform your physician if you are consuming any of the following: antipsychotics; antihistamines; antidepressants; dextromethorphan which is found in several cough medications; lithium; ipratopium; medicines for irritable bowel disease, urinary problems, ulcers, seizures, Parkinson’s disease or motion sickness; drugs for migraine headaches like eletriptan, almotriptan, naratriptan, frovatriptan or rizatriptan; mirtazapine; serotonin blockers like dolasetron, alosetron, palonosetron, ondansetron or granisetron.
Moreover, if you are taking herbal products such as tryptophan or St. John’s wort, you should inform this to your medic before consuming hydrocodone. Tell your medical practitioner if you ever had difficulty in urinating; liver or kidney disease; gallbladder or pancreases problem; or thyroid. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take this medicine without consulting with a healthcare provider.
The drug can cause side effects, including lightheadedness, increased lethargy, constipation, anxiety, fuzzy thinking, narrowing of pupils, itching, trouble in urinating, dry throat, and abnormally sad or abnormally happy mood. On the other hand, some of the serious side effects are chest stiffness, decreased sexual interest, irregular menstruation, inability to obtain or sustain an erection, dizziness, weakness, decreased appetite, irregular breathing, shivering, fast heartbeat, fever, confusion and severe muscle stiffness.