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Generic name: acetaminophen and hydrocodone [a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen-and-hye-droe-KOE-done]

Brand names: Lortab Elixir, Verdrocet, Hycet, Lorcet, Xodol, Zamicet
Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

What is Hycet?

Hycet is an anti-pain medicine that relieves moderate to severe pain.Hycet is an opioid medication that may cause addiction.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of Hycet.

Side effects of Hycet

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.If you take opioid medicine, it can cause your breathing to slow down or stop. Death may result. If you have long pauses in your breathing, blue lips, or are having difficulty waking up, someone caring for you may want to give you Naloxone.Acetaminophen can cause severe skin reactions that are fatal. This may happen even if you've taken it and experienced no reaction. If you experience skin redness, blistering, or peeling after taking Hycet, stop using it immediately and contact your doctor.

Hycet may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Breathing that stops, noisy breathing, shallow breathing
  • Feeling lightheadedness as though they could faint.
  • Liver problems: nausea; upper stomach pain; fatigue; loss of appetite; dark urine; and clay-colored stools. Jaundice.
  • Low cortisol levels can cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, or worsening fatigue.
  • Serotonin levels are high in the body. This can cause agitation, hallucinations, and other symptoms.

Severe breathing problems are more common in elderly adults, especially those with wasting syndrome and chronic breathing disorders.

Side effects that are common include:

  • Feeling tired, dizziness
  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain;
  • Constipation

There may be other side effects.For medical advice regarding side effects, call your physician. The FDA can be reached at 1-800-FDA-1088 in order to report them.

Similar/related drugs

Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Tramadol, Duloxetine, Naproxen, and Oxycodone


Misuse of opioid medication can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Store the medication where others cannot reach it.Opioids taken during gestation can produce withdrawal symptoms that pose life-threatening risks to their unborn offspring.You can experience fatal side effects if you combine opioid medication with alcohol or other drugs that make you drowsy or slow down your breathing.If you notice skin redness, a rash, blistering, or peeling, stop taking the medicine immediately and contact your doctor.

Before you take this drug

Hycet should not be used if:

  • Severe asthma or breathing problems
  • A blockage of the intestines or stomach
  • Inform your physician of any of the following issues:
  • Sleep apnea is a breathing problem that occurs while sleeping.
  • Liver disease
  • Drug or alcohol abuse;
  • Kidney disease
  • A head injury or seizures;
  • Urination problems can be caused by a number of factors.
  • You may have problems with your pancreas or gallbladder, as well as thyroid issues.

Your baby may experience withdrawal symptoms after birth if you took opioids while pregnant. Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.If you notice that your baby is drowsy or breathing slowly, tell your doctor.

How to take Hycet?

Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. Do not take more or longer than prescribed.An overdose can wreak havoc on your liver and even result in death. If you find yourself wanting to take more medicine, tell your doctor.Do not share this medication with anyone, especially if they have a history of drug abuse. Misuse can lead to addiction, overdose, or death. Store the medicine away from others. It is illegal to sell or give away this medicine.Measuring liquid medicine is important. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon) to measure liquid medicine.Tell your doctor if you plan to undergo surgery or any medical tests.Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. You should follow your doctor's instructions regarding the dosage.Store away from moisture or heat at room temperature. Track your medication. Be aware of anyone who is misusing your medicine or using it without a valid prescription.

Keep leftover opioid medications out of the reach of children. One dose of this medication can be fatal for someone who uses it incorrectly or accidentally. You should ask your pharmacist about a drug disposal program. If there isn't a take-back program available, flush any unused medication down the toilet.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Hycet is used to treat pain, so you won't miss a dosage. If it's almost time to take your next dose, skip any missed doses. Never take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. This medicine is toxic in overdose, especially if it's taken by a child without a prescription.You may be advised by your doctor to carry naloxone with you (a medicine that reverses an overdose). If you stop breathing or if you don't awaken, a person who cares for you can administer naloxone. You must still call for emergency medical assistance, and your caregiver may have to perform CPR on you while they wait.Naloxone can be purchased at any local pharmacy or health department. Ensure that anyone who cares for you is aware of where and how you store naloxone.

What should be avoided?

Hycet can cause you to feel dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive or operate machinery until you are sure of how it will affect you. Dizziness and drowsiness may cause accidents or serious injuries.Don't drink alcohol. Side effects and death can occur.Before using any other medication that contains acetaminophen (also known as APAP), consult your doctor or pharmacist. Combining certain medications can cause a fatal overdose.

Interaction with other drug

If you stop or start taking certain medicines, you may experience breathing problems or withdrawal. You should tell your doctor if other medications are being used, such as an antifungal, blood pressure or heart medication, seizure medicine, HIV/hepatitis C, or a medication to treat HIV.

Opioid medications can interact with other drugs, causing dangerous side effects and even death. Tell your doctor if you use:

  • Medications, bronchodilators, asthma/COPD medicine, or diuretics ("water pills");
  • Medicines for motion sickness or irritable intestine syndrome
  • Other opioids: opioid pain medicine or cough medication;
  • A sedative such as Valium—diazepam (alprazolam), lorazepam (lorazepam), Xanax (Klonopin), Versed, and others.
  • Sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, medicines to treat mental disorders, mood disorders, etc.
  • Drugs that increase serotonin in the body, such as stimulants, medicines for depressive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, or migraine headaches

This list is incomplete. Hycet may interact with other drugs, including prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal products. This list does not include all possible interactions.