Hydrocodone is an analgesic (analgesic). It works on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain and stop or prevent cough. Prolonged use of hydrocodone can become habitual and lead to mental or physical dependence. However, people with persistent pain should not let fear of addiction deter them from using anesthetics to relieve pain. When narcotics are used for this purpose, psychological dependence (addiction) is unlikely to occur.
How to use
This medication relieves dry cough, usually caused by a cold or other conditions prescribed by your doctor. Cough relief can help you rest and sleep more. Hydrocodone is an opioid cough medicine that works in certain centers of the brain to stop the urge to cough. This medication is generally used for short-term treatment. It should not be used for persistent coughs caused by smoking or long-term breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema) or coughs containing large amounts of mucus or liquid (productive cough).
The side effects of hydrocodone include short and long-term effects. The extent of the negative effects of hydrocodone abuse depends on the level of use. When hydrocodone gets into the brain, it binds to certain receptors called opioid receptors, which leads to rush or high sensations and relieves pain. The most common effects are:
- Stomach pain
- Dry mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to this medicine or other narcotics (e.g. morphine, codeine) or if you have any other allergic reactions. This product may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Older people may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine, particularly confusion, dizziness, sleepiness, and slow / shallow breathing.
Keep this medicine in the container, tightly closed. Please store it at room temperature and away from excessive heat and moisture (do not put it in the bathroom). You must immediately dispose of medicines that have expired or are no longer required as part of the drug recovery program. If there is no drug recycling program nearby or medicines that you can use immediately, please rinse out any Hydrocodone tablets or capsules.
Narcotics (opioids) can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Make sure your doctor knows if you are still using:
- Other anesthetic opioid analgesics or prescription cough medicine;
- Sedatives such as diazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Lorazir m, Ativan, Clonopin, Restoril, Tranxen, Versed, Xanax, etc.
- Medicines that make you sleepy or slow to breathe – sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, sedatives, antidepressants, or antipsychotics.
If you are taking hydrocodone, you may be advised to always use an emergency medication called naloxone. It alleviates the dangerous symptoms caused by a large amount of opioids in the blood by preventing the effects of opioids. If you take too much opium, you may not be able to help yourself. Overdose symptoms may include:
- Slow breathing
- Muscle weakness
- Cold, slippery skin