Hydrocodone is more commonly known by its brand names Vicodin, Anexia, and Lorcet and is a narcotic pain-reliever and a cough suppressant, very much in the way codeine works. The way in which hydrocodone and other pain relieving narcotics. Frequently, hydrocodone and acetaminophen are combined to achieve pain relief, such as Vicodin and Lortab. Hydrocodone as with other narcotics, is dispensed as prescription only but is available in generic form. A dose of Hydrocodone usually range between 2.5 mg and 10 mg and is recommended to be taken with food to avoid stomach upset and stored at room temperature with a light-resistant and child proof bottle.
When taking narcotics such as hydrocodone, shortness or slowed breathing can occur so patients who are elderly, debilitated, or suffering from lung disease or existing breathing difficulties, should only use under extreme caution and under a full observation of a doctor. Hydrocodone as with all narcotics, will effect physical abilities and impair thoughts when operating heavy machinery or driving a motor vehicle. Patients are urged not to drink alcohol or take sedatives such as Xanax when using hydrocodone because of the increased risk of confusion and further brain impairment. Because hydrocodone is an addictive narcotic with emotional and physical dependencies with long term or inappropriate use, it is very rarely given to children.
The most common side effects of hydrocodone lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, and vomiting, drowsiness, constipation, and spasm of the ureter, which can lead to difficulty with urination. Patients must be extremely careful when using this drug and should take care never to use it as a recreational drug or play with its chemical composition. Hydrocodone is a very widely abused drug and can lead to overdoes and cause life-threatening trauma if misused. Hydrocodone is not recommended for treatment of any pain during pregnancy and is believed to secrete into the breast milk and is not encouraged during breastfeeding.
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