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Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (By mouth)

Acetaminophen (a-seet-a-MIN-oh-fen), Hydrocodone Bitartrate (hye-droe-KOE-done bye-TAR-trate)

Treats pain. This medicine contains a narcotic pain reliever.

Brand Name(s):

Anexsia, Hycet, Lorcet, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet HD, Lorcet Plus, Lorcet-HD, Lortab, Lortab 10/325, Lortab 10/500, Lortab 5/325, Lortab 5/500, Lortab 7.5/325, Lortab 7.5/500, Lortab Elixir

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to acetaminophen, hydrocodone, or other narcotic medicines.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet, Liquid, Capsule

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to help avoid constipation.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how hydrocodone/acetaminophen works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
    • An MAO inhibitor
    • Medicine to treat depression
  • This medicine can intensify the effects of alcohol, sedatives, or tranquilizers. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or if you are using any medicine that makes you sleepy, such as allergy medicine or another narcotic pain medicine. Acetaminophen can damage your liver, and your risk is higher if you also drink alcohol.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, problems urinating, an underactive thyroid, Addison disease, prostate problems, stomach problems, or a history of head injury or brain tumor.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Liver problems
    • Serious skin reactions
  • This medicine can be habit-forming. Do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor if you think your medicine is not working.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or doing anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Too much of this medicine can cause death. Symptoms of an overdose include extreme dizziness or weakness, trouble breathing, slow heartbeat, seizure, and cold, clammy skin.
  • This medicine contains acetaminophen. Read the labels of all other medicines you are using to see if they also contain acetaminophen, or ask your doctor or pharmacist. Do not use more than 4 grams (4,000 milligrams) total of acetaminophen in one day.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
  • This medicine may cause constipation, especially with long-term use. Ask your doctor if you should use a laxative to prevent and treat constipation.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Dark urine or pale stools, loss of appetite, stomach pain, yellow skin or eyes
  • Extreme weakness, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, sweating, cold or clammy skin
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation, nausea, vomiting
  • Tiredness or sleepiness

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 11/4/2014

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