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Lortab 5/500

Generic Name: acetaminophen and hydrocodone
Brands: Anexsia, Anolor DH5, Bancap HC, Dolacet, Lorcet 10/650, Lorcet HD, Lorcet Plus, Lortab, Lortab 10, Lortab 5/500, Lortab 7.5/500, Lortab Elixir, Norco, T-Gesic, Vicodin, Vicodin ES, Vicodin HP, Zydone


What is the most important information I should know about Lortab 5/500?

· Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Lortab 5/500 is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

· Avoid alcohol while taking Lortab 5/500. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by the medication, possibly resulting in unconsciousness and death. Also, acetaminophen can be damaging to the liver when taken with alcohol.

· Lortab 5/500 may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if Lortab 5/500 is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

· Lortab 5/500 may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (six to eight full glasses a day) to lessen this side effect. Increased fiber in the diet may also help to alleviate constipation.

 

What is Lortab 5/500?

· Hydrocodone (related to codeine) is in a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics. It relieves pain.

· Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.

· Together, Lortab 5/500 are used to relieve moderate-to-severe pain.

· Lortab 5/500 may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Lortab 5/500?

· Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have     ·a history of alcohol or drug abuse;     ·kidney disease;     ·liver disease;     ·asthma;     ·urinary retention;     ·an enlarged prostate;     ·hypothyroidism;     ·seizures or epilepsy;     ·gallbladder disease;     ·a head injury; or     ·Addison's disease.

· You may not be able to take Lortab 5/500, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

· Lortab 5/500 is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

· Lortab 5/500 passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

· If you are younger than 18 years of age or older than 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from Lortab 5/500. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose.

 

How should I take Lortab 5/500?

· Take Lortab 5/500 exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each dose with a full glass of water.

· Take Lortab 5/500 with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.

· To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid form of Lortab 5/500 with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

· Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Lortab 5/500 is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

· Lortab 5/500 may cause constipation. Drink plenty of water (six to eight full glasses a day) to lessen this side effect. Increased fiber in the diet may also help to alleviate constipation.

· Store Lortab 5/500 at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose of this medication. Wait the prescribed amount of time before taking the next dose.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

· Symptoms of an Lortab 5/500 overdose may include slow breathing, seizures, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, coma, confusion, tiredness, cold and clammy skin, small pupils, nausea, vomiting, and sweating.

 

What should I avoid while taking Lortab 5/500?

· Avoid alcohol while taking Lortab 5/500. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by the medication, possibly resulting in unconsciousness and death. Also, acetaminophen can be damaging to the liver when taken with alcohol.

· Lortab 5/500 may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if Lortab 5/500 is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Hydrocodone may cause drowsiness or dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

· Other products may also contain acetaminophen, especially over-the-counter pain, fever, cold, and allergy medications. Do not take any other products that contain acetaminophen without first talking to your doctor. Too much acetaminophen can be dangerous.

 

What are the possible side effects of Lortab 5/500?

· If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Lortab 5/500 and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:     ·an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);     ·slow, weak breathing;     ·seizures;     ·cold, clammy skin;     ·severe weakness or dizziness;     ·unconsciousness;     ·yellowing of the skin or eyes; or     ·unusual fatigue, bleeding, or bruising.

· Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Lortab 5/500 and talk to your doctor if you experience     ·constipation;     ·dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, or decreased appetite;     ·dizziness, tiredness, or lightheadedness;     ·muscle twitches;     ·sweating;     ·itching;     ·decreased urination; or     ·decreased sex drive.

· Hydrocodone is habit forming. It is possible become physically and/or psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Lortab 5/500 is stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Lortab 5/500?

· Do not take Lortab 5/500 if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. Dangerous side effects could result.

· Lortab 5/500 may increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Dangerous sedation, dizziness, or drowsiness may occur if Lortab 5/500 is taken with any of these medications. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

· Other products may also contain acetaminophen, especially over-the-counter pain, fever, cold, and allergy medications. Do not take any other products that contain acetaminophen without first talking to your doctor. Too much acetaminophen can be dangerous.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Lortab 5/500. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Lortab 5/500 written for health professionals that you may read.


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