combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a
non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe
How To Take This Pain Medication
Take Vicodin exactly as prescribed. Do not increase the amount you take
or the frequency without your doctor's approval. Do not take this drug
for any reason other than the one prescribed.
give this drug to others who may have similar symptoms.
miss a dose...
take Vicodin regularly, take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go
back to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in
intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can
determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Vicodin.
More common side effects may include:
Dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, sedation, vomiting
If these side effects occur, it may help if you lie down after taking
common or rare side effects may include:
Allergic reactions, anxiety, blood disorders, constipation, decreased
mental and physical capability, difficulty urinating, drowsiness, fear,
hearing loss, itching, mental clouding, mood changes, restlessness, skin
rash, slowed breathing, sluggishness
Vicodin can be habit-forming. If you take this drug over a long period
of time, you can become mentally and physically dependent on it, and you
may find the drug no longer works for you at the prescribed dosage.
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to
hydrocodone or acetaminophen (Tylenol), you should not take this
medication. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you
may make you drowsy, less alert, or unable to function well physically.
Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or perform any other potentially
dangerous activities until you know how this drug affects you.
caution in taking Vicodin if you have a head injury. Narcotics tend to
increase the pressure of the fluid within the skull, and this effect may
be exaggerated by head injuries. Side effects of narcotics can interfere
in the treatment of people with head injuries.
Vicodin with caution if you have a severe liver or kidney disorder, an
underactive thyroid gland, Addison's disease (a disease of the adrenal
glands), an enlarged prostate, or urethral stricture (narrowing of the
tube carrying urine from the bladder).
adults and those in a weakened condition should be careful using this
drug, since it contains a narcotic.
such as Vicodin may interfere with the diagnosis and treatment of people
with abdominal conditions.
Hydrocodone suppresses the cough reflex; therefore, be careful using
Vicodin after an operation or if you have a lung disease.
of hydrocodone may produce slowed breathing; if you are sensitive to
this drug, you are more likely to experience this effect.
Hydrocodone slows the nervous system. Alcohol can intensify this effect.
hydrocodone is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either may
be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check
with your doctor before combining Vicodin with the following:
Antianxiety drugs such as Valium and Librium
Antidepressant medications classified as "tricyclics," such as Elavil
Antihistamines such as Tavist
Drugs classified as MAO inhibitors, including the antidepressants Nardil
Major tranquilizers such as Thorazine and Haldol
Other narcotic analgesics such as Demerol
Other central nervous system depressants such as Halcion and Restoril
Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed.
Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Keep this medicine
out of the reach of children.
Your doctor will adjust the dosage according to the severity of the pain
and the way the medication affects you.
The dosages given below are for Vicodin products only. If your doctor
prescribes other brands, your daily dose may vary.
All forms of Vicodin are taken every 4 to 6 hours as needed for pain.
The usual dose of Vicodin is 1 or 2 tablets, up to a maximum of 8
tablets per day. The usual dose of Vicodin HP is 1 tablet, up to a
maximum of 6 tablets per day. For Vicodin ES, the usual dose is 1
tablet, up to a maximum of 5 tablets per day.
Store this medicine at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees
C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light.