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Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Feb 28, 2011
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Information about Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate

Generic Name : Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate
Pronunciation : (a set a mee noe fen) (hye droe koe done)
Latest prescription information about Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y45.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Analgesics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate

International - Lorcet-HD, Lortab, Vicodin, Zydone, Anexsia, Co-Gesic, Hycet, Liquicet, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet Plus, Lortab Elixir, Maxidone, Norco, Polygesic, Stagesic, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Xodol, Zamicet, Zolvit.

Why is Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate Prescribed? (Indications)

Acetaminophen and hydrocodone is a combination of non-opioid and narcotic or sleep-inducing agents used to treat moderate to severe pain associated with inflammation.

Acetaminophen increases the hydrocodone effects in relieving the pain, but this combination is often misused. 


When should Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?

Adult: PO- 1 to 2 tablets or capsules every 4 to 6 hours or 5 to 10 mL (elixir, solution 15 mL) every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Max 6 doses/day.
Children (younger than 12 yr of age): PO- 10 to 15 mg acetaminophen/kg/dose every 4 hour to max 2.6 g per 24 hour.
Children (2 to 13 years of age and at least 12 kg) - 0.2 mL/kg. Max, 6 doses/day.

How should Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate be taken?

This medication comes in the form of tablet, capsule and oral solution to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney failure, when under active treatment for thyroid disorders, Addison's disease, asthma, drug abuse or addiction, enlargement of prostate, urethral stricture (narrowing of urethra), lung disease, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Patient may develop with increased risk of respiratory depression; monitor them carefully while taking this medication.

It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid taking sleeping pills during the treatment.

What are the side effects of Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?

   Most Common : Lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, convulsions, nausea and vomiting.
   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness, headache, fainting, mental clouding, fear, impairment of mental and physical performance, anxiety, psychic dependence, mood changes, somnolence progressing to stupor or coma, malaise and lethargy.
   Gastrointestinal : Constipation, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite.
   Genitourinary : Urethral spasm, urinary retention, decreased urination, renal toxicity; spasm of vesical sphincters.
  Heart: Hypotension, bradycardia and circulatory collapse.
   Respiratory : Respiratory depression, irregular breathing and acute airway obstruction.
   Special Senses : Hearing impairment or permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, blurred vision.
   Skin : Cold and clammy skin, sweating profusely, rash and itching.
   Miscellaneous : Allergic reactions.

What are the other precautions for Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?

Avoid excess dosage and long-term use of this medication, because mental and physical dependence can occur.

What are the storage conditions for Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Bitartrate?

Store it at controlled room temperature (25C) and in an airtight container. Keep this medication out of reach of children. Do not refrigerate.

Last Updated : Jul 2018

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etechmaster, United States

I've had Cervical Spondylosis, Lumbar Spondylitis, Severe muscle spasms since 1985, along with other surgeries such as surgery on my knee and after that told I need a new one, Also had Abdominal Hernia surgery, Then Elbow surgery. Also had 2 benign breast surgeries.... I know its a long shot but I hope they're will be a return of either Soma or Secobarbital because I've tried all of the other relaxers including baclofen that was very intolerant to me. Seem's the FDA and The DEA are our new doctors telling we can't take this or that.

Pets, India

This is a safe analgesic to give I think even if there is kidney failure. Would someone make a comment pl if I am right.

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