It’s important to never play doctor with yourself–which is why you should always be aware of whatever type of medicine you’re taking and how it affects you as an individual. Some medications can cause complications when interacting with other medications and still others may present no issue at all.
With this in mind, please clarify anything you read about Hydrocodone Acetaminophen with your doctor and/or your pharmacist.
This drug is commonly prescribed for a range of medical conditions, often related directly to pain management. It is a combination of the hydrocodone drug and acetaminophen, which is most commonly found in pain relievers such as Tylenol.
Healthcare professionals have found over the years that combining these 2 compounds together is a very effective way of helping someone tolerate pain whether from an injury, surgery or other cause.
You’ll find a wide variety of methods of administration for this drug, at least in appearance. Basically, different forms of pills and colors/consistencies of liquid makeup the most common form of dosage.
Because this combination of drugs can be administered in both capsule and liquid form, side effects will vary a bit with liquid doses having very similar effects to solid doses but perhaps a little bit more pronounced.
Hydrocodone Acetaminophen Side Effects: The Basics
What follows is a list of the most typical side effects which may occur in any patient who is currently using Hydrocodone Acetaminophen tablets or liquid:
- Labored breathing
- changes in mentation
- constipated bowels
- nauseous feelings including vomiting
- blurring of your vision
These side effects are typical among users of this medication. This doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily experience the side effects, rather that you should be on the lookout for them and make sure you’re up to speed on what to expect.
For the most part, there shouldn’t be any severe reactions to taking this kind of medication: however, should you find yourself in distress it’s prudent to call 911 and/or your doctor and pharmacist.
Hydrocodone Acetaminophen: More Serious Side Effects
Drugs may be generic, but people are not. Each of us is born with carrying levels of tolerance for medications by themselves as well as when combined with other medications.
Because we’re all so different, it is important to note that there will be a number of more serious side effects in a smaller percentage of the population.
In the case of an allergic reaction, such as swollen body parts, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention right away.
There is also a chance of diminished hearing, serious trouble breathing, general lethargy and an anxious feeling among those with a greater than average sensitivity to this drug. Please bear in mind that this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all side effects of this drug, merely a list to introduce the reader to the topic.
It bears repeating, once again, that side effects will differ from individual to individual so it’s a good idea to have a basic working knowledge of how Hydrocodone Acetaminophen may affect your body.
One of the most disturbing side effects of this drug is the possibility of respiratory depression even to the point that one stops breathing. Because of this, you should be extra careful not to mix this drug with any others without reviewing it with your doctor and/or pharmacist.
It should come as no surprise that mixing alcohol with these types of medications can cause further problems. Because everything that you ingest goes through your liver, it’s vital to make sure that your liver is not compromised in any way when taking the drug.
Those with an addiction to alcohol should pay special attention, as particularly with acetaminophen, your liver may have trouble processing even small dosages.
It’s not uncommon for patients prescribed this medication to develop a dependence on it and consequently experience symptoms of withdrawal upon cessation.
Issues with urination can also crop up with regular usage of this medication.
You should also keep in mind that it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water to keep your kidneys flushed of toxins, particularly those that may accumulate as a result of your prescription for this medicine.
In addition, some patients have reported a rash on the skin, although this is a very rare complaint.
So–to wrap up this article–remember to report any side effects to your doctor as well as to your pharmacist as they may be able to recommend either an alternative medicine or an amended Hydrocodone Acetaminophen dosage.