RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH BENZODIAZEPINES OR OTHER CNS DEPRESSANTS
Concomitant use of opioids with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, including alcohol, may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, DRUG INTERACTIONS]. Avoid use of opioid cough medications in patients taking benzodiazepines, other CNS depressants, or alcohol.
VITUZ Oral Solution contains hydrocodone bitartrate (a semisynthetic centrally-acting opioid antitussive) and chlorpheniramine maleate (an antihistamine).
Each 5 mL dose of VITUZ Oral Solution contains: hydrocodone bitartrate, USP, 5 mg and chlorpheniramine maleate, USP, 4 mg.
VITUZ Oral Solution also contains: citric acid anhydrous, glycerin, grape flavor, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium citrate, sodium saccharin, and sucrose.
Hydrocodone bitartrate is morphinan-6-one, 4,5-epoxy-3-methoxy-17-methyl-, (5Î±)-, [R-(R*,R*)]-2,3dihydroxybutanedioate (1:1), hydrate (2:5); also known as 4,5α-Epoxy-3-methoxy-17-methylmorphinan-6-one tartrate (1:1) hydrate (2:5); a fine white crystal or crystalline powder, which is derived from the opium alkaloid, thebaine; and may be represented by the following structural formula:
C18H21NO3 • C4H6O6 • 2.5 H2O
Molecular weight = 494.5
Chlorpheniramine maleate is 2-pyridinepropanamine, γ-(4-chlorophenyl)-N,N-dimethyl-, (Z)-2-butenedioate (1:1) and has the following chemical structure:
C16H19ClN2 • C4H4O4
Molecular weight = 390.86
Cough And Upper Respiratory Allergy Symptoms
VITUZ® Oral Solution is indicated for relief of cough and symptoms associated with upper respiratory allergies or a common cold in adults 18 years of age and older.
Important Limitations Of Use
Not indicated for pediatric patients under 18 years of age [see Use In Specific Populations].
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Administer VITUZ Oral Solution by the oral route only. Measure VITUZ Oral Solution with an accurate milliliter measuring device. Do not use a household teaspoon to measure the dose [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Adults 18 Years Of Age And Older
5 mL every 4 to 6 hours as needed, not to exceed 4 doses (20 mL) in 24 hours.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
VITUZ is a clear, colorless to light yellow, grape-flavored liquid.
5 mL of VITUZ Oral Solution contains: hydrocodone bitartrate, USP, 5 mg and chlorpheniramine maleate, USP, 4 mg [see DESCRIPTION].
Storage And Handling
VITUZ Oral Solution is supplied as a clear, colorless to light yellow, grape-flavored solution containing 5 mg hydrocodone bitartrate and 4 mg chlorpheniramine maleate in each 5 mL. It is available in:
White HDPE bottles of one pint (480 mL): NDC 63717-877-16
Store solution at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [USP Controlled Room Temperature.]
Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container, as defined in the USP, with a child-resistant closure.
Manufactured for: Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Morristown, NJ 07960. Revised: Jan 2017
Use of hydrocodone bitartrate, a semisynthetic opioid, may result in the following:
- Respiratory depression [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and OVERDOSE]
- Drug dependence [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Increased intracranial pressure [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and OVERDOSE]
- Decreased mental alertness with impaired mental and/or physical abilities [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Paralytic ileus [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
Use of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine, may result in:
- Decreased mental alertness with impaired mental and/or physical abilities [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
The following adverse reactions have been identified either during clinical trials of hydrocodone bitartrate and/or chlorpheniramine maleate or during their use post-approval. Because these reactions may be reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.
The most common adverse reactions of VITUZ Oral Solution include: Sedation, somnolence, mental clouding, lethargy, impairment of mental and physical performance, anxiety, fear, dysphoria, dizziness, nausea, psychic dependence, mood changes; blurred, double, or other visual disturbances; confusion, headache, euphoria, facial dyskinesia, feeling faint, lightheadedness, agitation, irritability, tremor.
Other Adverse Reactions Include
Dryness of the pharynx and respiratory passages, occasional tightness of the chest, laryngismus, wheezing, or troubled breathing.
Nausea and vomiting (more frequent in ambulatory than in recumbent patients), constipation, abdominal distension, abdominal pain, acute pancreatitis, dry mouth, dyspepsia, epigastric distress, and/or loss of appetite.
Ureteral spasm, spasm of vesicle sphincters, urinary retention, dysuria, urinary frequency, urinary hesitancy.
Skin rash, pruritus, erythema, urticaria, excessive perspiration.
No specific interaction studies have been conducted with VITUZ Oral Solution.
Benzodiazepines, Opioids, Antihistamines, Antipsychotics, Anti-Anxiety Agents, Or Other CNS Depressants (Including Alcohol)
The use of benzodiazepines, opioids, antihistamines, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety agents, or other CNS depressants (including alcohol) concomitantly with VITUZ Oral Solution may cause an additive CNS depressant effect , profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death and should be avoided [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
MAOIs And Tricyclic Antidepressants
Do not prescribe VITUZ Oral Solution if the patient is taking a prescription MAOI (i.e., certain drugs used for depression, psychiatric or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's disease), or for 2 weeks after stopping a MAOI drug. The use of MAOIs or tricyclic antidepressants with hydrocodone preparations may increase the effect of either the antidepressant or hydrocodone [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine should be administered cautiously to persons receiving other anticholinergic drugs in order to avoid paralytic ileus and excessive anticholinergic effects.
Additive adverse effects resulting from cholinergic blockade (e.g., xerostomia, blurred vision, or constipation) may occur when anticholinergic drugs are administered with chlorpheniramine [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Drug Abuse And Dependence
VITUZ Oral Solution is a Schedule II controlled prescription containing hydrocodone bitartrate and should be prescribed and administered with caution.
Hydrocodone can produce drug dependence of the morphine type and therefore, has the potential for being abused. Psychic dependence, physical dependence, and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration of VITUZ Oral Solution, and it should be prescribed and administered with the same degree of caution appropriate to the use of other opioid drugs.
Psychic dependence, physical dependence, and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration of opioids; therefore, VITUZ Oral Solution should be prescribed and administered with caution.
Physical dependence, the condition in which continued administration of the drug is required to prevent the appearance of a withdrawal syndrome, assumes clinically significant proportions only after several weeks of continued oral opioid use, although some mild degree of physical dependence may develop after a few days of opioid therapy.
Included as part of the "PRECAUTIONS" Section
Risks From Concomitant Use With Benzodiazepines Or Other CNS Depressants
Concomitant use of opioids, including VITUZ, with benzodiazepines, or other CNS depressants, including alcohol, may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Because of these risks, avoid use of opioid cough medications in patients taking benzodiazepines, other CNS depressants, or alcohol [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Observational studies have demonstrated that concomitant use of opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines increases the risk of drug-related mortality compared to use of opioids alone. Because of similar pharmacologic properties, it is reasonable to expect similar risk with concomitant use of opioid cough medications and benzodiazepines, other CNS depressants, or alcohol.
Advise both patients and caregivers about the risks of respiratory depression and sedation if VITUZ is used with benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other CNS depressants [see PATIENT INFORMATION].
Hydrocodone bitartrate, one of the active ingredients of VITUZ Oral Solution, produces dose-related respiratory depression by directly acting on brain stem respiratory centers. Overdose of hydrocodone bitartrate in adults has been associated with fatal respiratory depression, and the use of hydrocodone bitartrate in children less than 6 years of age has been associated with fatal respiratory depression. Exercise caution when administrating VITUZ Oral Solution because of the potential for respiratory depression. If respiratory depression occurs, discontinue VITUZ Oral Solution and use naloxone hydrochloride when indicated to antagonize the effect and other supportive measures as necessary [see OVERDOSE].
Hydrocodone can produce drug dependence of the morphine type and therefore, has the potential for being abused. Psychic dependence, physical dependence, and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration of VITUZ Oral Solution. Prescribe and administer VITUZ with the same degree of caution appropriate to the use of other opioid drugs [see Drug Abuse And Dependence].
Head Injury And Increased Intracranial Pressure
The respiratory depression effects of opioids and their capacity to elevate cerebrospinal fluid pressure may be markedly exaggerated in the presence of head injury, other intracranial lesions, or a pre-existing increase in intracranial pressure. Furthermore, opioids produce adverse reactions which may obscure the clinical course of patients with head injuries. The use of VITUZ Oral Solution should be avoided in these patients.
Activities Requiring Mental Alertness
Hydrocodone bitartrate and chlorpheniramine maleate, the active ingredients in VITUZ Oral Solution, may produce marked drowsiness and impair the mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery. Advise patients to avoid engaging in hazardous tasks requiring mental alertness and motor coordination after ingestion of VITUZ Oral Solution. Concurrent use of VITUZ Oral Solution with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants should be avoided because additional impairment of central nervous system performance may occur.
Acute Abdominal Conditions
VITUZ Oral Solution should be used with caution in patients with acute abdominal conditions since the administration of hydrocodone may obscure the diagnosis or clinical course of patients with acute abdominal conditions. The concurrent use of other anticholinergics with hydrocodone may produce paralytic ileus [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Co-administration With Anticholinergics
The concurrent use of anticholinergics with hydrocodone may produce paralytic ileus. Exercise caution when using VITUZ Oral Solution in patients taking anticholinergic medications [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Co-Administration With MAOIs Or Tricyclic Antidepressants
VITUZ Oral Solution should not be used in patients receiving MAOI therapy or within 14 days of stopping such therapy. The use of MAOIs or tricyclic antidepressants with hydrocodone bitartrate, one of the active ingredients in VITUZ Oral Solution, may increase the effect of either the antidepressant or hydrocodone [see CONTRAINDICATIONS and DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Patients should be advised to measure VITUZ Oral Solution with an accurate milliliter measuring device. Patients should be informed that a household teaspoon is not an accurate measuring device and could lead to overdosage, which can result in serious adverse reactions [see OVERDOSE]. Patients should be advised to ask their pharmacist to recommend an appropriate measuring device and for instructions for measuring the correct dose.
VITUZ Oral Solution should be used with caution in patients with thyroid disease, Addison's disease, prostatic hypertrophy, urethral stricture, or asthma.
VITUZ Oral Solution should be used with caution in patients with severe renal impairment [see Use In Specific Populations].
VITUZ Oral Solution should be used with caution in patients with severe hepatic impairment [see Use In Specific Populations].
Patient Counseling Information
Patients should be advised not to increase the dose or dosing frequency of VITUZ Oral Solution because serious adverse events such as respiratory depression may occur with overdosage [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS; OVERDOSE].
Patients should be advised to measure VITUZ Oral Solution with an accurate milliliter measuring device. Patients should be informed that a household teaspoon is not an accurate measuring device and could lead to overdosage, especially when half a teaspoon is measured. Patients should be advised to ask their pharmacist to recommend an appropriate measuring device and for instructions for measuring the correct dose [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Interactions With Benzodiazepines And Other Central Nervous System Depressants
Inform patients and caregivers that potentially fatal additive effects may occur if VITUZ Oral Solution is used with benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants, including alcohol. Because of this risk, patients should avoid concomitant use of VITUZ Oral Solution with benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants, including alcohol [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Activities Requiring Mental Alertness
Patients should be advised to avoid engaging in hazardous tasks that require mental alertness and motor coordination such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle as VITUZ Oral Solution may produce marked drowsiness [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Patients should be cautioned that VITUZ Oral Solution contains hydrocodone bitartrate and can produce drug dependence [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Patients should be informed that they should not use VITUZ Oral Solution with a MAOI or within 14 days of stopping use of an MAOI [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
Carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, and reproductive studies have not been conducted with VITUZ Oral Solution; however, published information is available for the individual active ingredients or related active ingredients.
Carcinogenicity studies were conducted with codeine, an opiate related to hydrocodone. In 2 year studies in F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice, codeine showed no evidence of tumorigenicity at dietary doses up to 70 and 400 mg/kg/day, respectively (approximately 30 and 80 times, respectively, the MRHDD of hydrocodone on a mg/m2 basis).
In 2 year studies in F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice, chlorpheniramine maleate showed no evidence of tumorigenicity when administered 5 days/week at oral doses up to 30 and 50 mg/kg/day, respectively (approximately 15 times the MRHDD on a mg/m2 basis).
Chlorpheniramine maleate was not mutagenic in the in vitro bacterial reverse mutation assay or the in vitro mouse lymphoma forward mutation assay. Chlorpheniramine maleate was clastogenic in the in vitro CHO cell chromosomal aberration assay.
Chlorpheniramine maleate had no effects on fertility in rats and rabbits at oral doses approximately 20 and 25 times the MRHDD on a mg/m2 basis, respectively.
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Category C
There are no adequate and well-controlled studies of VITUZ Oral Solution in pregnant women. Reproductive toxicity studies have not been conducted with VITUZ Oral Solution; however, studies are available with individual active ingredients or related active ingredients. Hydrocodone was teratogenic in hamsters. Codeine, an opiate related to hydrocodone, increased resorptions and decreased fetal weight in rats. A single retrospective study reported that chlorpheniramine was teratogenic in humans; however, the significance of these findings was not known. Developmental toxicity was also evident with chlorpheniramine in mice and rats. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, VITUZ Oral Solution should be used during pregnancy only if the benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
Hydrocodone has been shown to be teratogenic in hamsters when given in a dose approximately 35 times the maximum recommended human daily dose (MRHDD) (on a mg/m2 basis at a single subcutaneous dose of 102 mg/kg on gestation day 8). Reproductive toxicology studies were also conducted with codeine, an opiate related to hydrocodone. In a study in which pregnant rats were dosed throughout organogenesis, a dose of codeine approximately 50 times the MRHDD of hydrocodone (on a mg/m2 basis at an oral dose of 120 mg/kg/day of codeine) increased resorptions and decreased fetal weight; however, these effects occurred in the presence of maternal toxicity. In studies in which rabbits and mice were dosed throughout organogenesis, doses of codeine up to approximately 25 and 120 times, respectively, the MRHDD of hydrocodone (on a mg/m2 basis at oral doses of 30 and 600 mg/kg/day, respectively), produced no adverse developmental effects.
A retrospective study found a small, but statistically significant, association between maternal use of chlorpheniramine and inguinal hernia and eye or ear anomalies in children. Other retrospective studies have found that the frequency of congenital anomalies, in general, was not increased among offspring of women who took chlorpheniramine during pregnancy. The significance of these findings to the therapeutic use of chlorpheniramine in human pregnancy is not known.
In studies with chlorpheniramine in which pregnant rats and rabbits were dosed throughout organogenesis, oral doses up to approximately 20 and 25 times the MRHDD on a mg/m2 basis, respectively, produced no adverse developmental effects. However, when mice were dosed throughout pregnancy, a dose approximately 5 times the MRHDD (on a mg/m2 basis at an oral dose of 20 mg/kg/day) was embryolethal, and postnatal survival was decreased when dosing was continued after parturition. Embryolethality was also observed when male and female rats were dosed with approximately 5 times the MRHDD (on a mg/m2 basis at an oral dose of 10 mg/kg/day) prior to mating.
Babies born to mothers who have been taking opioids regularly prior to delivery will be physically dependent. The withdrawal signs include irritability and excessive crying, tremors, hyperactive reflexes, increased respiratory rate, increased stools, sneezing, yawning, vomiting, and fever. The intensity of the syndrome does not always correlate with the duration of maternal opioid use or dose.
Labor And Delivery
As with all opioids, administration of VITUZ Oral Solution to the mother shortly before delivery may result in some degree of respiratory depression in the newborn, especially if higher doses are used.
Caution should be exercised when VITUZ is administered to nursing mothers. Hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine are excreted in human milk. The clinical significance is unknown; however, the anticholinergic action of chlorpheniramine may suppress lactation if taken prior to nursing. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from VITUZ Oral Solution, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.
Safety and effectiveness of VITUZ Oral Solution in pediatric patients under 18 years of age have not been established. The use of hydrocodone in children less than 6 years of age has been associated with fatal respiratory depression [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Clinical studies have not been conducted with VITUZ Oral Solution. Other reported clinical experience with the individual active ingredients of VITUZ Oral Solution has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and patients younger than 65 years of age. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be made with caution, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.
VITUZ Oral Solution should be given with caution in patients with severe impairment of renal function.
VITUZ Oral Solution should be given with caution in patients with severe impairment of hepatic function.
No human overdosage data are available for VITUZ Oral Solution.
Overdosage with hydrocodone is characterized by respiratory depression (a decrease in respiratory rate and/or tidal volume, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, cyanosis), extreme somnolence progressing to stupor or coma, skeletal muscle flaccidity, cold and clammy skin, and sometimes bradycardia and hypotension. In severe overdosage, apnea, circulatory collapse, cardiac arrest, and death may occur.
Manifestations of chlorpheniramine overdosage may vary from central nervous system depression to stimulation. Central toxic effects are characterized by agitation, anxiety, delirium, disorientation, hallucinations, hyperactivity, sedation, and seizures. Severe overdosage may produce coma, medullary paralysis, and death. Peripheral toxicity includes hypertension, tachycardia, dysrhythmias, vasodilation, hyperpyrexia, mydriasis, urinary retention, and diminished gastrointestinal motility. Dry mouth, pharynx, bronchi, and nasal passages may be observed.
An adult ingested 400 mg chlorpheniramine with no reported serious adverse effects. Toxic psychosis, a possible class effect from overdose of sedating antihistamines, has been reported with accidental overdose of chlorpheniramine.
Treatment of overdosage consists of discontinuation of VITUZ Oral Solution together with institution of appropriate therapy. Primary attention should be given to the reestablishment of adequate respiratory exchange through provision of a patent airway and the institution of assisted or controlled ventilation. The opioid antagonist naloxone hydrochloride is a specific antidote for respiratory depression which may result from overdosage or unusual sensitivity to opioids including hydrocodone. Therefore, an appropriate dose of naloxone hydrochloride should be administered, preferably by the intravenous route, simultaneously with efforts at respiratory resuscitation. For further information, see full prescribing information for naloxone hydrochloride.
An antagonist should not be administered in the absence of clinically significant respiratory depression. Oxygen, intravenous fluids, vasopressors, and other supportive measures should be employed as indicated. Gastric emptying may be useful in removing unabsorbed drug.
Hemodialysis is not routinely used to enhance the elimination of chlorpheniramine from the body. Urinary excretion of chlorpheniramine is increased when the pH of the urine is acidic; however, acid diuresis is NOT recommended to enhance elimination in overdose, as the risks of acidemia and acute tubular necrosis in patients with rhabdomyolysis far outweigh any potential benefit.
VITUZ Oral Solution is contraindicated in:
- Patients with known hypersensitivity to hydrocodone bitartrate, chlorpheniramine maleate or any of the inactive ingredients of VITUZ Oral Solution.
- Patients receiving MAOI therapy or within 14 days of stopping such therapy.
- Patients with narrow angle glaucoma, urinary retention, severe hypertension, or severe coronary artery disease.
Mechanism Of Action
Hydrocodone is a semisynthetic narcotic antitussive and analgesic with multiple actions qualitatively similar to those of codeine. The precise mechanism of action of hydrocodone and other opiates is not known; however, hydrocodone is believed to act directly on the cough center. In excessive doses, hydrocodone will depress respiration. Hydrocodone can produce miosis, euphoria, and physical and physiological dependence.
Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine drug (H1 receptor antagonist) that also possesses anticholinergic and sedative activity. It prevents released histamine from dilating capillaries and causing edema of the respiratory mucosa.
Systemic exposure (in terms of peak plasma concentrations and area under plasma concentration versus time curve) of hydrocodone bitartrate and chlorpheniramine maleate after single dose administration of 5 mL VITUZ Oral Solution are equivalent to respective reference solutions of 5 mL hydrocodone bitartrate (5 mg/5 mL), and 5 mL chlorpheniramine maleate (4 mg/5 mL).
Hydrocodone had mean (SD) peak plasma concentration of 10.6 (2.63) ng/mL at 1.4 (0.55) hours. The mean plasma half-life of hydrocodone is approximately 4.9 hours. Chlorpheniramine had a mean (SD) plasma peak concentration of 7.20 (1.98) ng/mL at 3.5 (1.6) hours. The mean plasma half-life of chlorpheniramine is approximately 24 hours.
Efficacy studies were not conducted with VITUZ Oral Solution. Efficacy of VITUZ Oral Solution is based on demonstration of bioequivalence to the individual reference products [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
(hydrocodone bitartrate and chlorpheniramine maleate) Oral Solution
What is the most important information I should know about VITUZ?
- Taking VITUZ with benzodiazepines, or other central nervous system depressants, including alcohol can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma, and death.
- VITUZ can cause you to be drowsy. Avoid driving a car or operating machinery during treatment with VITUZ.
- Women who breastfeed should talk to their healthcare provider before taking VITUZ.
- Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if anyone taking VITUZ has any of the
- increased sleepiness
- shallow breathing
- difficulty breathing
- your baby has difficulty breastfeeding
- Keep VITUZ in a safe place away from children. Accidental use by a child is a medical emergency and can cause death. If a child accidentally takes VITUZ, get emergency medical help right away.
- VITUZ can cause serious side effects, including death.
- Take VITUZ exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. If you take the wrong dose of VITUZ, you could overdose and die.
- VITUZ is not for children under 18 years of age.
What is VITUZ?
- VITUZ is a prescription medicine used to treat a cough and symptoms that you can have with upper respiratory allergies or a common cold in adults 18 years of age and older. VITUZ contains 2 medicines, hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine. Hydrocodone is a narcotic cough suppressant. Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine.
- VITUZ is a federal controlled substance (C-II) because it contains hydrocodone that can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep VITUZ in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away VITUZ may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you have abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs.
- VITUZ is not for children under 18 years of age. It is not known if VITUZ is safe and effective in children.
Who should not take VITUZ?
- Do not take VITUZ if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in VITUZ. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients. You may have an increased risk of having an allergic reaction to VITUZ if you are allergic to certain other opioid medicines.
- Do not take VITUZ if you take a medicine for depression called a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI).
- Do not take an MAOI within 14 days after you stop taking VITUZ.
- Do not start VITUZ if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days.
- Do not take VITUZ if you have a type of glaucoma called “narrow angle glaucoma”.
- Do not take VITUZ if you have problems emptying your bladder (urinary retention).
- Do not take VITUZ if you have severe high blood pressure or certain heart problems (severe coronary artery disease).
Before you take VITUZ, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have a drug dependence
- plan to have surgery
- have lung or breathing problems
- drink alcohol
- have had a head injury
- have pain in your stomach-area (abdomen)
- have a history of severe or persistent cough
- have prostate problems
- have problems with your urinary tract (urethral stricture)
- have kidney or liver problems
- have thyroid problems, such as hypothyroidism
- have Addison's disease
- have a dry mouth
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if VITUZ will harm your unborn baby. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you should take VITUZ while you are pregnant.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine pass into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take VITUZ or breastfeed. You should not do both.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Taking VITUZ with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well VITUZ or the other medicines work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you:
- take pain medicines such as narcotics
- take cold or allergy medicines that contain antihistamines or cough suppressants
- take medicines for mental illness (anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety)
- drink alcohol
- take medicines for depression, including monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and tricyclics
- take medicines for stomach or intestine problems.
Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if you take one of these medicines.
How should I take VITUZ?
- Take VITUZ exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- Your healthcare provider will tell you how much VITUZ to take and when to take it. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
- Take VITUZ by mouth only.
- VITUZ should be taken using an accurate milliliter measuring device.
- Ask your pharmacist to give you a measuring device to help you measure the correct amount of VITUZ. Do not use a household teaspoon to measure your medicine. You may accidently take too much.
- If you take too much VITUZ, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
What should I avoid while taking VITUZ?
- VITUZ can cause you to be drowsy. Avoid driving a car or operating machinery during treatment with VITUZ.
- Avoid drinking alcohol during treatment with VITUZ. Drinking alcohol can increase your chances of having serious side effects.
What are the possible side effects of VITUZ?
VITUZ may cause serious side effects, including:
- See “What is the most important information I should know about VITUZ?”
- Breathing problems (respiratory depression) which can lead to death. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency treatment right away if you are sleeping more than usual, have shallow or slow breathing, or confusion.
- Physical dependence or abuse. Take VITUZ exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Stopping VITUZ suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms.
- Increased intracranial pressure.
- Bowel problems including constipation or stomach pain.
The most common side effects of VITUZ include:
- nausea and vomiting
- difficulty urinating
- trouble breathing
- blurred vision or other vision changes
- feeling dizzy, faint or lightheaded
- mood changes, including: anxiety, fear, agitation, irritability, feeling high (euphoria) or feeling low (dysphoria)
- muscle movements in your face that you cannot control
These are not all the possible side effects of VITUZ.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store VITUZ?
- Store VITUZ at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
- Safely throw away medicine that is out of date or no longer needed.
- Keep VITUZ Oral Solution and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of VITUZ.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use VITUZ for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give VITUZ to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about VITUZ that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in VITUZ?
Active ingredients: hydrocodone bitartrate and chlorpheniramine maleate
Inactive ingredients: citric acid anhydrous, glycerin, grape flavor, methylparaben, propylene glycol, propylparaben, purified water, sodium citrate, sodium saccharin, and sucrose.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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