Hydrocodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER are extended-release forms of hydrocodone that are used for around-the-clock treatment of severe pain. Extended-release hydrocodone is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
|Dosage||Hydrocodone ER should be prescribed only by healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable in the use of potent opioids for the management of chronic pain. Initial dose: 10 mg orally every 12 hours Titration: The dose should be increased in increments of 10 mg orally every 12 hours every 3 to 7 days as needed to achieve adequate analgesia. Hydrocodone ER should be titrated to a dose that provides adequate analgesia and minimizes adverse reactions. Patients should be monitored routinely to assess the maintenance of pain control and incidence of adverse reactions, as well as monitoring for the development of addiction, abuse, or misuse. Patients who experience breakthrough pain may require a dose increase, or may need a rescue medication with an appropriate dose of an immediate-release analgesic. -If unacceptable adverse reactions are observed, the dose may be reduced. The dose should be adjusted to obtain an appropriate balance between management of pain and adverse reactions. Maximum dose: A single dose of hydrocodone ER greater than 40 or 50 mg, or a total daily dose greater than 80 mg are only for patients in whom tolerance to an opioid of comparable potency is established.|
|Side effects||You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking hydrocodone: Less common *Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet *body aches or pain *chills * cough *depression * difficult or labored breathing *ear congestion * fear or nervousness *fever *headache *loss of voice *nasal congestion *rapid weight gain *runny nose *sneezing *sore throat *tightness in the chest *tingling of the hands or feet * unusual tiredness or weakness *unusual weight gain or loss|
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