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Hydrocodone-acetaminophen for pain relief

Hydrocodone is a certain type of medication which comes from the group referred to as narcotic pain relievers. Acetaminophen is also a pain reliever, but much less potent than hydrocodone. It is commonly used in combination with hydrocodone because it is known for increasing its effects. This combination can be used for the alleviation of moderate to severe instances of painful sensations. Sometimes these medications may also be used for the treatment of certain other medical conditions as well. Those who drink several alcoholic beverages per day and those who suffer from the alcoholic liver disease need to consult the doctor before using this combination of medications. Hydrocodone is particularly dangerous because it may be associated with the formation of a habit. Those who are allergic to hydrocodone or acetaminophen need to avoid these medications because they may trigger unwanted allergic reactions. Those who are allergic to any type of medication need to inform the doctor before using hydrocodone acetaminophen for the alleviation of painful sensations. The same goes for all those who suffer or have suffered from a history of alcohol addiction, a history of drug addiction, mental illness, curvature of the spine, Addison’s disease, any type of adrenal gland disorder, underactive thyroid, intestinal disorders, stomach disorders, low blood pressure, a history of brain tumors, history of head injuries, kidney disease, liver disease, sleep apnea, COPD, asthma or any other type of breathing disorder. Pregnant women and women who plan on becoming pregnant should steer clear of this combination of medications because they may have some negative effects on the unborn child. Breastfeeding mothers also need to avoid using the combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen because they may pass into the mother’s milk and trigger some negative effects on the baby. These medications always need to be taken exactly how they were prescribed. One needs to follow all the directions given by the doctor closely. It is not advised to take the medications for periods longer than those recommended by the doctor. It is also a wise idea never to take it in larger amounts than those that are included among the instructions on the prescription label. One should never take more than 4 grams of acetaminophen per day, and that amount usually needs to be divided into four doses. A tablet of hydrocodone and acetaminophen commonly does not contain more than 750 milligrams of acetaminophen. If taken in the liquid form, the medication needs to be measure with a specially designed measuring cup or measuring spoon. These can commonly be purchased in most well equipped pharmacies. Hydrocodone and acetaminophen may sometimes be associated with constipation, so it is highly recommended to take up to 8 glasses of water each day. Some cases may even require the use of stool softener as well. The medication needs to be kept at room temperature. It also needs to be kept away from heat and moisture so it cannot be kept in the bathroom.

Hydrocodone-acetaminophen can be dangerous

As is the case with most different types of prescribed medicaments, non prescribed medicaments, herbal remedies, preparations and all other substances commonly used for the prevention and treatment of numerous sorts of ailments and medical conditions, hydrocodone acetaminophen may also sometimes be associated with certain unwanted side effects.  Among the most common types of side effects that may be triggered by this medication are drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, constipation, vomiting and nausea. In most cases these side effects disappear on their own without the need for any medical intervention. Constipation can be prevented and treated by drinking plenty of fluids, using laxatives and eating plenty of foods rich in fiber. Some patients may experience certain more severe side effects such as difficulty urinating, abdominal pain, stomach problems, mood changes and mental changes. In some rare cases, the patient may also experience very serious side effects such as difficulty waking up, unusual drowsiness, shallow breathing, slow breathing, seizures and fainting. There are also cases in which serious allergic reactions may occur as well. Those can easily be recognized by certain symptoms such as trouble breathing, severe dizziness, swelling of the throat, tongue and face, itching and skin rash. In some cases, the patient may experience an overdose of oral hydrocodone acetaminophen. If that occurs, one needs to call the poison control center or emergency room at once. An overdose can easily be recognized by certain characteristic signs and symptoms such as loss of consciousness, slow heartbeat, slow breathing, unusual sweating, vomiting and nausea. If a person misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as remembered. If the time for the next dose is near, the dosing schedule should be resumed from that dose. It is strongly advised never to double to doses in order to make up for the missed doses. 

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