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VICODIN® (hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets, USP, CII) is a strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) used to manage pain severe enough to require an opioid pain medicine, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them. Opioid pain medicines can put you at risk for overdose and death. Even when taken at the correct dose prescribed, you are at risk for opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse that can lead to death.
Get emergency help right away if you take too much VICODIN (overdose). When you first start taking VICODIN, your dose is changed, or if you take too much (overdose), serious or life-threatening breathing problems leading to death may occur.
Taking VICODIN with other opioid medicines, benzodiazepines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, decreased awareness, breathing problems, coma, and death.
Never give anyone else your VICODIN. They could die from taking it. Store VICODIN away from children and in a safe place to prevent stealing or abuse. Selling or giving away VICODIN is against the law.
Head injury; seizures; liver, kidney, or thyroid problems; problems urinating; pancreas or gallbladder problems; street or prescription drug abuse; alcohol addiction; or mental health problems.
Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Prolonged use of VICODIN during pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms in your newborn baby that could be
Breastfeed. VICODIN passes into breast milk and may harm your baby.
Take prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Taking VICODIN with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects that could
Do not change your dose. Take VICODIN exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Use the lowest dose possible for the shortest time needed.
Take your prescribed dose every four to six hours as needed for pain.
Do not take more than your prescribed dose. If you miss a dose, take your next dose at your usual time.
Call your healthcare provider if the dose does not control your pain.
If you take VICODIN regularly, do not stop taking VICODIN without talking to your healthcare provider.
After you stop taking VICODIN, flush the unused tablets down the toilet.
Drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how VICODIN affects you. VICODIN can make you sleepy, dizzy, or light-headed.
Drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol. Using products containing alcohol during treatment with VICODIN may cause you to overdose and die.
Constipation, nausea, sleepiness, vomiting, tiredness, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain.
Get emergency medical help if you have: any trouble breathing; fast heartbeat; chest pain; swelling of your face, tongue, or throat; extreme drowsiness; light-headedness when standing; feeling faint; agitation; high body temperature; trouble walking; stiff muscles; or mental changes such as confusion.
These are not all the possible side effects of VICODIN. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org.
Reference: 1. VICODIN, VICODIN ES, VICODIN HP 5, 7.5, 10 mg (hydrocodone)/300 mg (acetaminophen) [package insert].