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

In the U.S., Verdrocet has been discontinued. There may be equivalents if generic versions have been approved.

What is Verdrocet?

Verdrocet is a combination of medicines used for pain relief at moderate to severe levels.Verdrocet is an opioid medication that may cause addiction.Verdrocet can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Verdrocet

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergy: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling in your lips, face, throat, or tongueif you take opioid medicine, it can cause your breathing to slow down or even stop. Death may result. If you experience slow, paused breathing, have blue lips, or are unable to awaken, someone caring for you may want to give you Naloxone.

Acetaminophen can cause severe reactions in some cases. This is even true if you've taken it and experienced no adverse reaction. If you experience skin redness, blistering, or peeling after taking Verdrocet, stop using it immediately and contact your doctor.

Verdrocet may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Breathing that is noisy, shallow, or stops
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you could pass out.
  • Liver problems: nausea; upper stomach pains; fatigue; lack of appetite; dark urine; and clay-coloured stools. Jaundice.
  • Low cortisol—nausea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness; worsening fatigue or weakness
  • 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 respiratory disorders.

Side effects that are common include:

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

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report side effects by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Tramadol, Naproxen, Oxycodone, and Tylenol


Misuse of opioid medication can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Store the medicine in an area where other people cannot reach it.Opioids taken during gestation may result in withdrawal symptoms that pose serious dangers to both mother and baby.

You can experience fatal side effects if you combine opioid medication with alcohol or other drugs that cause drowsiness and slow breathing.If you notice skin redness, a rash, or blisters that are peeling off and spreading on your body, stop taking the medicine immediately and contact your doctor.

Before you take this drug

Verdrocet should not be used if:

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

If you've ever:

  • Sleep apnea is a breathing problem that occurs during sleep.
  • Liver Disease
  • Drug or alcohol abuse;
  • Kidney disease
  • A head injury or seizures;
  • Urination disorders;
  • You may have problems with the thyroid, pancreas, or gallbladder.

Your baby may develop withdrawal symptoms after birth if you take opioids while pregnant. Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.If you see your baby drowsy or breathing slowly, tell the doctor.

How to take Verdrocet?

Do not take this medicine in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed. Do not take more or longer than recommended. An overdose can damage the liver and even be fatal. If you find yourself wanting to take more medicine, tell your doctor.

Do not share your medicine, particularly with someone who has a drug addiction or abuse history. Misuse can lead to addiction or death. Store the medication in a safe place that others can't reach. It is illegal to sell or give away the medicine.

Measuring liquid medication is important. Dosing devices are available, but not spoons.Tell your doctor if you plan to undergo surgery or any medical testing.Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. You should follow your doctor's advice about reducing your dosage.

Keep your medicine at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Track your medication. Be aware of anyone who is misusing your medicine or using it without a prescription.Keep leftover opioid medications out of the reach of children. One dose of this medication can be fatal for someone who uses it accidentally or in an improper manner. You should ask your pharmacist about a take-back program. In the absence of a take-back disposal programme, you can flush the medicine down the toilet.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Verdrocet helps with pain, so you won't miss any doses. 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, particularly if it's taken by a child without a prescription.You may be advised by your doctor to carry naloxone with you (a medication that reverses an overdose). If you don't awaken or stop breathing, someone caring for you may administer naloxone. You must get medical attention, and your carer may have to give you CPR while they wait for help.

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.

Avoid this

Verdrocet can cause you to feel dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, operate machinery, or use heavy equipment until you are sure of how it will affect you. Drowsiness or dizziness can lead to accidents or serious injuries.

Don't drink alcohol. Side effects and death can occur.

Before using other medicines that contain acetaminophen (also known as APAP), consult your doctor. Combining certain medicines can cause a deadly overdose.

Interaction with other drug

If you stop or start taking some medicines, it may cause breathing difficulties or withdrawal symptoms. You should tell your doctor whether you are also taking an antifungal medication or a heart, blood pressure, seizure, or HIV medication.

Many drugs can cause side effects and even death when combined with opioid medication.

  • Asthma or COPD medications, or diuretics ("water pills");
  • Medicines for motion sickness or irritable intestine syndrome
  • Other opioids: opioid pain medication or prescription medicines;
  • A sedative such as Valium, diazepam (alprazolam), lorazepam (lorazepam), Xanax Klonopin Versed, and other sedatives;
  • 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

The list below is not exhaustive. Verdrocet may interact with other drugs, such as prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. This list does not include all interactions.



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