Hydrocodone (Under Vicodin and Norco)
Hydrocodone is a drug widely used for the treatment of severe or moderate pain of a person. The severe pain of a person can be easily treated with this medicine. The drug may be used only in the extreme need. Taking the medicine when you do not have such severe problem can actually cause you problems. So, you should make sure that you really need to take this medicine before you finally get the medicine for your treatment.
How should you take the medicine?
Hydrocodone medicine is considered to be an extended form of an opioid. With the word extended form, we mean that the medicine is capable of having its effects long-lasting for long hours. The medicine can work up to 12 hours with just a single dose. So, you can take the medicine without much problem of taking the many doses of the medicine in a single day. You may take just a single dose of medicine or two doses of medicine in a single day. Such doses should be enough to cover your whole day and provide you relief from your pain. Also, doctors recommend that you take the medicine doses at the same time every day to keep the effectiveness of the medicine as high as possible.
With such instructions, you can easily plan your medication and start to take the medicine in an effective way. The drug is also supposed to be taken very carefully as taking a higher dose than what is prescribed to a person can also come out to be harmful to health. In taking higher doses, a person may then need to immediately contact his/her doctor.
The medicine has to be swallowed with water. You can schedule your doses according to your preferred time of the day. Also, you are advised to drink plenty of water along with the medicine to make sure you stay healthy and hydrated during the medication. You should immediately swallow the tablet and should not keep it in your mouth.
A person should always aim at starting the medication from a low dose to avoid suffering from side effects. As the time passes with a few days of medication, you may contact your doctor and ask if you need a higher dose of the medicine or not. If your doctor recommends for a higher dose, then only you should take a higher dose recommended by your doctor.
Withdrawal of Hydrocodone medication
A person who decides to take the medication should never stop the medication unless until it has been advised by a doctor. As a person starts to take the medicine, he/she sort of becomes habitual of the medicine and his/her body starts to become dependent on the medicine. In such a case, if you decide to stop the medicine suddenly, then you may face problems and symptoms of withdrawals. The symptoms of withdrawal include suffering from runny nose, teary eyes, stomach cramps, muscle pain, fast heartbeat, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, trouble in falling asleep or any such unusual conditions. In suffering from such symptoms you should immediately rush to a nearby hospital and seek a medical help. If the conditions avoided, you may see your symptoms conditions get worse.
Precautions of the medication of Hydrocodone
You have to keep in mind certain precautions of this medicine. Following are some of the precautions of the medication of Hydrocodone.
Allergies: Many people suffer from allergies due to their weak immune system and with such problem of them, they also do not get well with the medication of Hydrocodone. For being sure, you may talk to your doctor about what are the things that you are allergic to. If you seem to be allergic to anything then you should tell your doctor. Also, there may be some ingredients of the medicine that you might be allergic to. Even in that case, you should avoid the medication of this drug.
Narrow passages of intestine or stomach
If a person has an unusual problem with his/her intestine or a blockage in his/her stomach, then the medicine should be seriously avoided. You may take the medicine only after making sure of this problem.
If a person has undergone any type of surgery in the recent past or at any time of his/her life then he/she should discuss it with a doctor. As the medicine of Hydrocodone treats the problem of severe pain, if the pain is being caused by an injury or a past surgery, then this medication may not be suitable for such a problem.
For the treatment of normal or severe pain of a person, the medicine may make you a bit dizzy. In such case, you are advised to not attempt to do any task in which you would require your full attention and full control over your body.
Also, these dizziness effects are most visible when you initially start the dosage of this medicine.
The medicine may cause some conditions of constipation. In such case, your doctor may advise you to take some other medicines for controlling your constipation.
Side effects of Hydrocodone Medication
The medicine can cause certain side effects if a person takes it. The following are some of the side effects of this medicine.
- back pain
- dry mouth
- ringing in the ears
- stomach pain
- ankle swelling
- Changes in the heartbeat
- Difficulty in breathing
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Swelling in the eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Chest pain
These are some of the side effects of taking the medication of Hydrocodone. These side effects are just for the purpose of educating you that what conditions are possible with the dosage of this medicine. So, consider your medication with these possible side effects of this drug. Also, you must know that suffering from these side effects also depends on your health and various other factors. If you are following the proper dosage of this medicine, then you are less likely to suffer from any side effect.
How should you store the medicine?
You must store the medicine somewhere at a safe place. A place where no other person may find and make a misuse of it. The medicine should be taken by only that person who really needs it or the person to whom the medicine has been recommended. Also, the medicine can be harmful for children so you should be sure to never let a child reach the medicine.
What if you miss a dose?
There can be times when you may forget to take your dose on time, in such case you need to know a few things.
You can still take the missed dose if there is enough time left for the missed dose.
You should strictly ignore the missed dose if it is your next dose time.
Also, you should not take double doses in the thought of covering up the missed dose with your regular dose.
Not following such instructions of dosage can be harmful for you and for your health, so you must follow the proper dosage instructions as we are providing you here. Also, you should never plan to take higher doses. A person should also never totally depend on the dosage of this medicine.