Hydrocodone, also known as dihydrocodeinone, is a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from codeine, one of the opioid alkaloids found in the opium poppy. It is a narcotic analgesic used orally for the relief of moderate to severe pain. In one study comparing the potency of hydrocodone to that of Oxycodone, it was found that it took 50% more hydrocodone to achieve the same degree of miosis. The investigators interpreted this to mean that Oxycodone is about 50% more potent than hydrocodone. Equal amount of either drug provided about the same degree of pain relief, indicating that there is little practical difference between them when used for that purpose. the analgesic action of hydrocodone begins in 20–30 minutes and lasts about 4–8 hours. Recommended dosing interval is 4–6 hours.
Uses of Hydrocodone
- Hydrocodone is an opioid narcotic prescription drug used to suppress pain or as a cough suppressant.
- Hydrocodone according to the doctors should only be used by people who are suffering from pains caused due to fractured bones. But you can also
- Take it if you have other pains such as spasms, wounds, surgery stitches and so on.
- Hydrocodone proves to be one of the best pain-relieving medication in all these cases.
The main benefit of hydrocodone is that it will make different types of pains in the body go away. This effect is really strong and one pill can easily suppress different types of pains for around 6 – 8 hours.
Hydrocodone is used to treat moderate to severe pain and as an antitussive to treat cough.
What other drugs will affect hydrocodone?
Narcotic (opioid) medication can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:
- other narcotic medications – opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine;
- drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing – a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, sedative, tranquilizer, or antipsychotic medicine; or
- drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body – medicine for depression, Parkinson’s disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting.
How should I take Hydrocodone?
Take exactly as prescribed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Never take this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
An overdose can damage your liver or cause death. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Hydrocodone side effects
Stop using hydrocodone and call your doctor at once if you have:
- weak or shallow breathing;
- pain or burning when you urinate;
- confusion, tremors, severe drowsiness;
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- infertility, missed menstrual periods;
- impotence, sexual problems, loss of interest in sex; or
- low cortisol levels – nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness.