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Vicodin HP Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is acetaminophen and hydrocodone (Vicodin HP)?
- What are the possible side effects of acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
- What is the most important information I should know about acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
- How should I take acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
- What other drugs will affect acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or hydrocodone.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had alcoholic liver disease (cirrhosis) or if you drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day. You may not be able to take medicine that contains acetaminophen.
To make sure you can safely take acetaminophen and hydrocodone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
- liver or kidney disease;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- low blood pressure;
- a stomach or intestinal disorder;
- underactive thyroid;
- Addison's disease or other adrenal gland disorder;
- curvature of the spine;
- mental illness; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Hydrocodone may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share acetaminophen and hydrocodone with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medication is harmful to an unborn baby, but it could cause breathing problems or addiction/withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Acetaminophen and hydrocodone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take acetaminophen and hydrocodone?
Take exactly as prescribed. Never take acetaminophen and hydrocodone in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.
One acetaminophen and hydrocodone tablet may contain up to 750 mg of acetaminophen. Know the amount of acetaminophen in the specific product you are taking.
Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation while you are taking acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Ask your doctor about ways to increase the fiber in your diet. Do not use a stool softener (laxative) without first asking your doctor.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using acetaminophen and hydrocodone.
Acetaminophen can cause false results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Talk to your doctor if you are diabetic and you notice changes in your glucose levels during treatment.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using acetaminophen and hydrocodone. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Oxycodone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Always check your bottle to make sure you have received the correct pills (same brand and type) of medicine prescribed by your doctor. Ask the pharmacist if you have any questions about the medicine you receive at the pharmacy.
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