It is possible to become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication, or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if hydrocodone and acetaminophen is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.
Avoid alcohol while taking hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by the medication, possibly resulting in unconsciousness and death. Also, acetaminophen can be damaging to the liver when taken with alcohol.
Hydrocodone and acetaminophen may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if hydrocodone and acetaminophen is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Hydrocodone and acetaminophen may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (six to eight full glasses a day) to lessen this side effect. Increased fiber in the diet may also help to alleviate constipation.
What Is Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen?
Hydrocodone is considered a narcotic analgesic that relieves pain and Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Together, hydrocodone and acetaminophen are used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain. Hydrocodone and acetaminophen may also be used for purposes other than those listed in the medication guide.
What Happens If I Overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of an hydrocodone and acetaminophen overdose may include slow breathing, seizures, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, coma, confusion, tiredness, cold and clammy skin, small pupils, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.
What Are The Possible Side Effects From Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen?
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking hydrocodone and acetaminophen and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
- Slow, weak breathing
- Cold, clammy skin
- Severe weakness or dizziness
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Unusual fatigue, bleeding, or bruising
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take hydrocodone and acetaminophen and talk to your doctor if you experience:
- Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite
- Dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
- Muscle twitches
- Decreased urination
- Decreased sex drive
Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if hydrocodone and acetaminophen is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.