hydrocodone/homatropine (Hycodan [discontinued] Tussigon) (cont.)

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DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM:

  • Hydrocodone is an opioid narcotic pain-reliever cough suppressant that is similar to codeine, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, and other opioids.
  • Hydrocodone, like other opioids, stimulates receptors on nerves in the brain to increase the threshold to pain (the amount of stimulation it takes to feel pain) and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the pain).
  • It also works directly on the cough center in the brain to reduce cough.
  • Homatropine blocks the action of acetylcholine, a chemical (neurotransmitter) that nerves use to communicate. It is added in low doses to discourage deliberate overdoses of hydrocodone.
  • The FDA approved hydrocodone/homatropine in July 1985.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/15/2016


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