hydrocodone (Zohydro ER) (cont.)

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Hydrocodone should not be administered within 14 days of stopping an MAOI.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of hydrocodone in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Hydrocodone is excreted in breast milk, and, therefore should be used cautiously by nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent adverse reactions include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, and vomiting. Other side effects include drowsiness, constipation, and spasm of the ureter, which can lead to difficulty in urinating. Hydrocodone can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery. Hydrocodone can depress breathing, and should be used with caution in elderly, debilitated patients, and in patients with serious lung disease. Hydrocodone is habit forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur when used long-term.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/17/2014


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