What is hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is a narcotic analgesic and is given to patients to relieve pain associated with injuries and medical procedures. Patients with severe arthritis, back pain and other types of pain are often prescribed this medication. Brand names of medications that contain hydrocodone include Lortab, Vicodin, Zydone, Dolacet and Anolor.
It is important to remember that any drug containing hydrocodone are related to codeine and are very addictive. Most of the times, doctors prescribe these pain medications for a short period of time. Using them over and over again, even when they are prescribed can cause a serious addiction problem. There are many reports of patients that begin taking these pain medications and have difficulty quitting after the pain or injury has healed. Withdrawal effects can occur when hydrocodone medications are stopped suddenly. Some doctors will prescribe a gradual decreased dose to patients on hydrocodone prescriptions.
There are many restrictions that patients must follow when taking hydrocodone. For example, taking these drugs along with alcohol can lead to severe drowsiness and has been known to lead to unconsciousness and even death. In addition, taking antihistamines, other types of pain relievers, anxiety medications, and muscle relaxants in conjunction with hydrocodone prescriptions can also lead to serious side effects. If you doctor prescribes these medications, it is important to tell him or her of all medications you currently take.
Even though hydrocodone medications can be very dangerous when used incorrectly, these drugs can also be extremely helpful. Many patients that take these medications do report that severe pain is relieved after taking hydrocodone drugs. You should be aware of the dangers and take use your prescription as prescribed. Also, you could experience some short-term side effects such as drowsiness, nausea, dry mouth, lightheadedness, twitching, itching or sweating. To decrease the possibility of these mild side effects, you should always take your hydrocodone medication with food and a full glass of water or a glass of milk. These drugs could cause impairment, so be extra cautious when driving behind the wheel. Remember to consult your doctor if you feel that you have a problem with your prescription medication.
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