Vicodin tablets are used for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.
Vicodin contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.
Take Vicodin exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Do not stop using Vicodin suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Vicodin may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how Vicodin will affect you. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Do not use Vicodin if you have used a MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine. Do not take more of Vicodin than is recommended. An overdose of acetaminophen can damage your liver or cause death.
Do not take Vicodin if you have a liver disease, cirrhosis, a history of alcoholism or drug addiction, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, bowel obstruction, severe constipation, kidney disease, low blood pressure, a history of head injury, brain tumor, or stroke, asthma, COPD, sleep apnea or other breathing disorders.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are drowsiness, headache, upset stomach, constipation, blurred vision or dry mouth. Call your doctor at once if you have: shallow breathing, slow heartbeat; a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out; confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); easy bruising or bleeding; infertility, missed menstrual periods; impotence, sexual problems, loss of interest in sex; liver problems or low cortisol levels (e.g., nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness).
Some medicines can interact with hydrocodone and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Other mdedications that interact with Vicodin are opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine, a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, sedative, tranquilizer or antipsychotic medicine.
Since Vicodin is taken as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of acetaminophen and hydrocodone can be fatal. The first signs of an acetaminophen overdose include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sweating, and confusion or weakness. Later symptoms may include pain in your upper stomach, dark urine, and yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes. Seek emergency medical attention if any of these symptoms happen.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Hydrocodone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
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