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Lortab Elixir

Generic name: acetaminophen and hydrocodone [a-SEET-a-MIN-oh-fen-and-hye-droe-KOE-done]
Brand names: Lortab Elixir (also known as Verdrocet), Lorcet, Xodol, and Zamicet
Drug class: narcotic analgesic combinations

What is Lortab Elixir?

Lortab Elixir relieves moderate to severe pain.Lortab Elxir contains opioid medicines and can be addictive.The Lortab Elixir can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Lortab Elixir

Seek immediate medical care if you have any of these symptoms: difficulty breathing, swelling in your face, lips, throat, or tongue.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 hard to awaken, someone caring for you may want to give you Naloxone and/or seek immediate medical attention.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, blisters, or peeling after taking Lortab Elixir, stop using it immediately and contact your doctor.

Lortab Elixir can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Breathing that stops, noisy breathing, shallow breathing
  • Feeling lightheaded, like you might pass out.
  • Liver problems: nausea; upper stomach pain; fatigue; loss of appetite; dark urine; and clay-coloured 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
  • Headache.

There may be other side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Warnings

Misuse of opiod medication can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Store the medication where others can't get to it.Opioid medication taken during pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms that are life-threatening for the newborn.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

Lortab elixir should not be used if:

  • Severe asthma or breathing problems
  • A blockage of the intestines or stomach

Inform your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • A sleep apnea occurs when breathing problems occur during 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.

If you use opioids during pregnancy, your baby could develop withdrawal symptoms.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 Lortab elixir?

Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. Do not take more or longer than prescribed. An overdose can damage your liver or cause 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. This medicine is not to be sold or given away.Measuring liquid medicine is important. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon).Tell your doctor if you plan to undergo surgery or any medical tests.Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. Follow your doctor's dosage instructions.Keep away from heat or moisture. 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 programme available, flush any unused medication down the toilet.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Lortab Elixir treats 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 don't awaken, a person who cares for you can administer naloxone. You must still call for emergency medical assistance, and your carer may have to perform CPR on you while they wait.Naloxone can be purchased at any local pharmacy or health department. Make sure anyone who cares for you is aware of where and how you store naloxone.

What should be avoided?

Lortab Elixir can cause you to become drowsy or dizzy. 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 (sometimes abbreviated 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.

Other drugs can cause dangerous interactions with opioid medications, which may even result in death.Tell your doctor if you use:

  • Medications, bronchodilator asthma/COPD medicine, or diuretics ("water pills");
  • Medicines for motion sickness or irritable intestinal 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. Lortab Elixir may interact with other drugs, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. The list is not exhaustive.

 

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