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Lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, vision changes, vomiting, and constipation may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (e.g., stimulant-type with stool softener).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, slow/shallow/irregular breathing, difficulty waking up, mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, confusion), difficult/painful urination.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the Hycodan (hydrocodone bitartrate and homatropine methylbromide) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to hydrocodone; or to homatropine; or to other narcotic medications (e.g., codeine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: adrenal gland problems (e.g., Addison's disease), abdominal problems (e.g., chronic constipation, gallbladder disease, ileus, pancreatitis), breathing problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, hypoxia, emphysema, intoxication with medications that can cause drowsiness or slow/shallow breathing), brain disorders (e.g., head injury, tumor, increased intracranial pressure), severe infectious diarrhea (e.g., Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea), certain eye problem (narrow-angle glaucoma), kidney disease, liver disease, personal/family history of regular drug/alcohol abuse, mental/mood disorders (e.g., psychosis), spinal problem (kyphoscoliosis), recent surgery, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), difficulty urinating (e.g., enlarged prostate, urethral stricture).
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.
Kidney function declines as you grow older. This medication is removed by the kidneys. Therefore, elderly people may be more sensitive to its effects, especially slow/shallow breathing, drowsiness, and difficulty urinating.
Caution is advised when using this product in children, especially if they have breathing problems.
Before using this medication, women of childbearing age should talk with their doctor(s) about the risks and benefits. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It may slightly increase the risk of birth defects if used during the first two months of pregnancy. Also, using it for a long time or in high doses near the expected delivery date may harm the unborn baby. To lessen the risk, take the smallest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Tell the doctor right away if you notice any symptoms in your newborn baby such as slow/shallow breathing, irritability, abnormal/persistent crying, vomiting, or diarrhea.
This drug may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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